Listening to the Universe
The Prelude lays the groundwork for this study through a brief consideration of the modern fascination with the audibility of the universe and sets out four primary claims pursued throughout the book: 1) that world harmony is materially grounded; 2) that it offers a “unified theory of cosmology”; 3) that it is the ground for theorizing the world; and 4) that it inspires a cosmic affect, a desire to hear its harmonies. It articulates the triad of agency, affect, and vulnerability implicit in the twelfth-century idea that “the world loves harmony,” and argues that the very theory of cosmic harmony marshals a kind of aesthetic attractiveness that provokes and instills the understanding for which it argues.
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