Music and the Numinous (Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, Volume 8)

By Richard Elfyn Jones

The continuum of music-what is it, what does it do, how does it do it-has taxed numerous philosophers over recorded time, or even the verb for what it does (express? arouse? evoke? characterize? embody?) meets without common contract. now not consistently is song well known: within the publication of Ezekiel, the prophet likens the expert musician to an ineffectual preacher. Richard Elfyn Jones brings new principles to the conundrum by means of taking over definite philosophers no longer often mentioned in reference to tune, specifically Alfred North Whitehead and the classical Greek suggestion of approach (as against event), and hence of technique theology. The publication opens up an unique method of the transcendent and, to many, the sacred caliber heard in track, drawing either upon gurus all for the numinous (that feeling of awe and appeal in the back of non secular event) and upon his personal lifelong engagement with track as student, instructor and composer.

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If we're to counter the accusation that our attaining out to the non secular measurement is mere projection we have to determine our defence alongside a huge entrance, and contain evidence which are provable and clinical if this can be in any respect attainable. yet to offer medical credence to what lies within the metaphysical area may well are likely to lessen the basic secret of our workout, as should be the case after we learn Zuckerkandl for example. The obstacle is if wisdom of the ontological turns into attainable then its inexhaustibility might without doubt be diminished to the exhaustible. however turns out very important to outline God when it comes to concrete event, as is unquestionably the case in any Whiteheadian connection with God. attaining plausibility is obviously not easy. unavoidably, accusations of self myth and irrationality were levelled opposed to many cogent writers for neglecting to provide “irrefutable proofs,” between them even the “irrational” trio of Bergson, William James and Dewey (Whitehead’s colleagues in radical empiricism). yet they have been defended resolutely through none except the arch rationalist Whitehead while he remarked (in reference to all 3) that “one of my preoccupations has been to rescue their kind of inspiration from the cost of anti-intellectualism, which rightly or wrongly has been linked to it. ”6 it really is to be was hoping hence that the method wherein paintings is going past the rational constructions of common sense is out there to us. there's usually a defence of this through Whitehead and his fans, together with his scholar Susanne Langer, who wrote: you'll be able to occasionally turn out the consistency of suggestions, and inconsistency can regularly he logically validated; yet one can't turn out the distinction of an idea, whether it's logically impeccable, other than pragmatically, via working with it effectively. 7 working effectively may well frequently contain “felt ideals. ” As such those are primarily ideals “in” instead of ideals “that” or ideals “about. ” We needs to for that reason continue to invite what's the nature of ideals “in. ” the final submission to a technique of medical verification that's often required by way of society is mostly through a few kind of repeatability. making sure repeatability explanations structures except clinical ones to have a significant verification challenge. a few writers have sought to accommodate this hindrance via generating, a bit of ironically, logical Conclusion 113 arguments in aid of “felt truths”, and none extra persuasively than Tillich and Whitehead. Tillich counseled us8 opposed to making the experimental and repeatable, medical approach to verification the specific development of all verification. in additional than one position he boldly asserted that verification of the experiential sort, in place of the experimental, has the virtue that it needn't halt and disrupt the totality of a existence approach on the way to distil calculable parts out of it (which, it sounds as if, experimental verification should always do). From this we will deduce that the verifying studies of a nonexperimental personality could be more true to existence, although most likely much less detailed and certain.

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