Music and the Sublime: Aesthetics, Phenomenology, and Lacanian Psychoanalysis
Van Houten, Christian
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This project first explores the relation between art and the sublime with a special emphasis upon music, for it has been historically accorded a certain affinity to this borderline experience. It is for this reason that many, particularly among Romantic philosophers, claim that music is the ‘highest’ of art forms. While attempting to avoid any such hierarchy among the arts, I do wish to explore this connection. Particularly, I draw three main points of investigation: (1) music’s constitution of time, (2) music’s constitution in sound, and (3) music’s relation to language. Each of these simultaneously contributes to the experience of music and, more specifically, to the experience of the musically invoked sublime.