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Nature's Song

in Transfigurements

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226734224
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226734231 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226734231.003.0003
Nature's Song

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Humans sing as if by nature, giving voice to their joys, hopes, fears, and sufferings. Yet from the moment humans begin to sing, they will always already have broached (and stationed themselves within) the most classical oppositions: freedom/nature, art/nature, intelligible/sensible, signification/sense. In song they will always already have opened the most gigantic space within sense, that of the very sense of sense. Philosophy—and not least of all Kant—contests this space and yet recognizes that, even in contesting it, thinking must preserve it and move ever again across it. Song resounds within this space, giving voice to the lyrical traces of its contours.

Keywords: sing; singing; philosophy; Kant; space; sense

Chapter.  8351 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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