Listening [Paperback]

Item : Listening [Paperback]
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Category : Books
Author Author : Nancy, Jean-Luc
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0823227731
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780823227730
Publisher Publisher : Fordham University Press
Pages Pages : 100
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100645718

In this lyrical meditation on listening, Jean-Luc Nancy examines sound in relation to the human body. How is listening different from hearing? What does listening entail? How does what is heard differ from what is seen? Can philosophy even address listening, ?couter, as opposed to entendre, which means both hearing and understanding?

Unlike the visual arts, sound produces effects that persist long after it has stopped. The body, Nancy says, is itself like an echo chamber, responding to music by inner vibrations as well as outer attentiveness. Since the ear has no eyelid (Quignard), sound cannot be blocked out or ignored: our whole being is involved in listening, just as it is involved in interpreting what it hears.

The mystery of music and of its effects on the listener is subtly examined. Nancys skill as a philosopher is to bring the reader companionably along with him as he examines these fresh and vital questions; by the end of the book the reader feels as if listening very carefully to a person talking quietly, close to the ear.

Listening adds a much needed poetic register to the philosophy of music and sonic culture.In Charlotte Mandell's splendid translation of Jean-Luc Nancy's brief but passionate A l'ecoute, the French philosopher gives us a glimpse of this completely different philosophy of music

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