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Hermeneutics and Anti-Hermeneutics of Music: The Question of Listening in Jean-Luc Nancy and Lawrence Kramer
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Musicology and Performance Studies, Musicology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9218-2029
2013 (English)In: Epekeina, ISSN 2281-3209, Vol. 3, no 2, 307-320 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

When Jean-Luc Nancy’s À l’écoute was translated into English under the title Listening (2007), two texts were added to the original book, one of them discussing the Nazi exploitation of music, the other elaborating Nancy’s own notion of musical listening as a listening that allows music to listen to itself. It resulted in a book where music now played a more important role. The response from the hermeneutic camp of North American musicology has been harsh, with Lawrence Kramer’s recent treatment of Nancy as principle example. In the present article, Nancy’s and Kramer’s positions are discussed in terms of musical anti-hermeneutics and hermeneutics respectively – where both the ideological and the historical backgrounds are of importance. Even if Kramer most often is correct in his description of Nancy, the negative judgment is not necessary. It is, however, suggested that Nancy’s play with two words concerning the musical work of art, ouevre (work) and ouvrage (labour), should have another word added, the verb ouvrir (open). A world is opened up in the musical work of art, and this world works outside the work, too.

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Palermo: Centro Internazionale per la Ricerca Filosofica , 2013. Vol. 3, no 2, 307-320 p.
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Philosophy of music, Musical hermeneutics, Jean-Luc Nancy, Lawrence Kramer
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-114943DOI: 10.7408/epkn.v3i2.58OAI: diva2:795253
Available from: 2015-03-15 Created: 2015-03-15 Last updated: 2015-12-02Bibliographically approved

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