Elective Affinities

Elective Affinities

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As illustrated in Goethe's famous novel of the same name, elective affinities are powerful relationships that crystallize under changing conditions. In this new book, Lydia Goehr focuses on the history of elective affinities between philosophy and music from German classicism, romanticism, and idealism to the modernist aesthetic theory of Theodor W. Adorno and Arthur C. Danto. Aesthetic theory, she argues, depends on a dynamic philosophy of history centered on tendencies, yearnings, needs, and potentialities. With this in mind, she recasts the theses of Adorno and Danto regarding the death or end of philosophy, art, music, and human experience as arguments for continuation and survival. Elective Affinities tracks the migration of aesthetic and critical theory from Germany to the United States following the catastrophic period of the twentieth century marked by the Second World War.Musical Essays on the History of Aesthetic Theory Lydia Goehr. 9. ... to mean aim or final purpose. ... Note also his recent Unnatural Wonders, with its pertinent subtitle, Es- says from the Gap Between Art and Life. 15. I prefer the term a€œ posthistoricista€ to Dantoa#39;s a€œposthistoricala€ for reasons I offer in chapter 5 and in my a€œAfterwords, a€ written as an introduction to Dantoa#39;s NK. ... Hanslick, VMS, 150 (my transl.).

Title:Elective Affinities
Author:Lydia Goehr
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2011


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