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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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The Musical Aesthetics of a World So Composed

(p.247) Postlude
Composing the World

Andrew Hicks

Oxford University Press

The Postlude briefly considers the sympathetic resonance of this Platonic medieval cosmology in the recent vibrational and relational ontologies articulated in Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, and others. It situates the discursive and theoretical constitution of the “beauty of the world” (the anthropological, sonorous, and celestial aesthetics of Part II) within recent debates in the history of science about the aesthetics of scientific theories. It concludes that the musical aesthetics of medieval cosmology is the cosmos listening to itself. The articulation of this theory is an act of “overhearing” that seeks to capture, if only mimetically, that self-reflexive experience.

Keywords:   ontology, history of science, history of aesthetics, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, Steven Shaviro

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