Sublime Experience and Ironic Action

Keith Chapin

in Musical Meaning and Human Values

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230099
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235445 | DOI:
Sublime Experience and Ironic Action

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The chapter starts with the introduction of E. T. A. Hoffman, who inspired a lot of people. He is someone who never lived the life he wished for and who stayed away from politics and worldly action. He has had a distinguished life devoted to art and current events. An essay was presented which tackled the life of Hoffmann as an artist. The essay has shown that Hoffman pursued a version of autonomy aesthetics. Hoffman enables people to see a remarkable change in the political function of harmony. He used the ancient principle of harmony and relates it with real music and intuition, including natural law.

Keywords: Hoffman; politics; music; artist; harmony; autonomy aesthetics

Chapter.  11512 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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