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Read the second chapter of Actual Minds, Possible Worlds by Jerome Bruner. Post your 250-500 word response here. Consider the following prompts:

  • Think about the two modes of thought Bruner outlines (logo-scientific/paradigmatic vs. narrative) and their purposes. What mode of thought might be more appropriate for this course, or for discussing music in general? Why might that be? 
  • Bruner lists three parts of the "fabula": the characters, a plight, and consciousness of the plight by the characters. How might you use this as a lens to view your own meaning making in music? 
  • What are the two "axes" of language, and how does each affect meaning-making in language? Could these be applied to music? If so, how? If not, why not?
  • What does Bruner mean by "subjunctivizing" reality, and how does this concern meaning making? 
  • How does a reader "re-write" a text? What does this have to do with meaning or imagination in music?
  • What connections can you draw to some of the other writers we have read previously, and how does this inform or contradict their arguments?

Bruner, J. (1986). Two modes of thought. In Actual Minds, Possible Worlds (pp. 11-43). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 

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