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The Melody of TimeMusic and Temporality in the Romantic Era$
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Benedict Taylor

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190206055

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190206055.001.0001

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Music, Time, and Philosophy

Music, Time, and Philosophy

(p.47) 2 Music, Time, and Philosophy
The Melody of Time

Benedict Taylor

Oxford University Press

This extended chapter, consisting of three interrelated parts, forms the philosophical heart of the book. The first section completes the exposition of the historical state of musical temporality initiated in the first chapter, outlining how music, by the early nineteenth century, came to be heard as the most temporal of the arts. This is followed by a philosophical explication of just why music was considered uniquely capable of uncovering the aporias of temporality, setting up the philosophical basis for the remaining four chapters. A key contention is the idea that music may have been as useful for philosophers as a means to illustrate conceptions of time as much as philosophy may be useful for understanding music. This thesis is developed in the final section, which argues that music may provide, if not a conclusive philosophical solution, at least the most powerful aesthetic reconciliation of intractable problems in the philosophy of time.

Keywords:   philosophy of time, music and historical time, subjective and objective time, phenomenology of internal time, music and subjective identity

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