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date: 10 April 2020

Levinson, Jerroldlocked


(b Brooklyn, NY, July 11, 1948). American aesthetician. After attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1965–9), gaining the BS degree in Philosophy and Chemistry in 1969, he studied at the University of Michigan (1970–74), achieving the doctorate in philosophy in 1974. He was assistant professor of philosophy at SUNY, Albany (1974–5) and at the Farleigh Dickinson University (1975–6). In 1976 he became assistant professor at the University of Maryland, where he was later appointed associate professor (1982–91) and then professor of philosophy in 1991. He has in addition been a visiting professor at the University of London (1991), the John Hopkins University (1993) and the University of Rennes (1998). He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (from 1993) and in 1999 was elected vice-president of the American Society for Aesthetics. Levinson's interest in the aesthetics of music has led to an examination of musical ontology from a historical-contextual perspective, and performance, with an emphasis on performing means. He has propounded theories of evaluating music (...

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