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Musically Sublime: Indeterminacy, Infinity, Irresolvability

Kiene Brillenburg Wurth


This book rewrites musically the history and philosophy of the sublime. Music enables us to reconsider the traditional course of sublime feeling on a track from pain to pleasure. Resisting the notion that there is a single format for sublime feeling, the book shows how, from the mid-18th century onward, sublime feeling is, instead, constantly rearticulated in a complex interaction with musicality. It takes as the point of departure Immanuel Kant's Critique of Judgment and Jean-François Lyotard's aesthetic writings of the 1980s and 1990s. Kant f ... More

Keywords: sublime, musicality, pain, pleasure, Immanuel Kant, Critique of Judgment, Jean-François Lyotard, self-transcendence, open immanence, infinite

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780823230631
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823230631.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kiene Brillenburg Wurth, author