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On the Common Origin of Music and Philosophy: Plato, Nietzsche, and Benjamin

  • Leonardo V. DistasoEmail author


The essay shows the common ground between music and philosophy from the origin of Western philosophy to the crisis of metaphysical thinking, in particular with Nietzsche and Benjamin. At the beginning, the relationship between philosophy and music is marked by the hegemony of the word on the sound. This is the nature of the Platonic idea of music. With Nietzsche and Benjamin this hegemony is denied and a new vision of the relationship becomes possible. The sound is the origin both of language and of music. In thinking about this origin, philosophy shows that “thinking about music” is “thinking in music”, and that this thinking is the origin of philosophy itself.


Origin Tragedy Sound Language Dyonisos Dodecaphony 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Università di Roma “La Sapienza”RomaItaly

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