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Composing the WorldHarmony in the Medieval Platonic Cosmos$
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Andrew Hicks

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190658205

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190658205.001.0001

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Prelude

Prelude

Listening to the Universe

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(p.1) Prelude
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Composing the World
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Andrew Hicks

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190658205.003.0001

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.

Keywords:   gravitational waves, acoustemology, history of music theory, Jakob von Uexküll, affect, Aristotle, Boethius

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