Music and the Origins of Language
Theories from the French Enlightenment
By (author) Professor Downing A. Thomas
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Music and the Origins of Language by Professor Downing A. Thomas
Book DescriptionThe search for the origins of language was one of the most pressing philosophical issues of the eighteenth century. What has often escaped notice, however, is the fact that music figures prominently in this search. This study analyses instances of thinking or reasoning about music and music theory as they appear within the logical and narrative structure of contemporary texts, including writings by Rousseau, Diderot, Rameau and Condillac. These can only be properly understood as part of an interdisciplinary project, as situated within a field of larger cultural issues and concerns. The author is interested in the ways in which music functions within this discursive framework to facilitate links between language and meaning, and between conceptions of an original society and an ideal social order.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521028622
(228mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Professor Downing A. Thomas
Aesthetics of Opera in the Ancien Regime, 1647-1785, Paperback (February 2009)
This study recognizes the broad impact of opera in early-modern French culture.
Studies in Eighteenth-century Culture, Hardback (May 2008)
Presents essays that share a common concern with investigating Enlightenment categories of historical understanding and determining how these categories helped shape Enlightenment culture. This work addresses the question of how eighteenth-century writers make sense of the past for their own practical, aesthetic, and ideological purposes.
Music and the Origins of Language, Hardback (June 1995)» View all books by Professor Downing A. Thomas
This study analyses reflections on music and considers ways in which it facilitates links between language and meaning.
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