Autographic and allographic aspects of ritual

Rafael DE CLERCQ, Paul CORTOIS

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

Abstract

Rituals are sometimes said to exhibit formality because their performance proceeds according to a fixed set of specifications. Although these specifications need not exist in written form, they can be thought of as resembling the specifications contained in musical scores. Both function as guidelines for performers and both can be invoked to assess the extent to which a performance was correct. But are ritual scores - if such things exist - really like musical scores? And is the correctness of a ritual performance - its being an instance of a given ritual type -just a matter of compliance with a score? If not, then what else is involved in our grouping together certain performances as performances of one and the same ritual?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-147
Number of pages15
JournalPhilosophia
Volume29
Issue number1-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2002
Externally publishedYes

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