- Musical Sublimity and Infinite Sehnsucht — E.T.A. Hoffmann on the Way from Kant to Schopenhauer
- ESA Conference 2014 – Amsterdam: The Age of Aesthetics
- Book/source title
- Proceedings of the European Society for Aesthetics. - vol. 6
- Pages (from-to)
- Fribourg: The European Society for Aesthetics
- Document type
- Conference contribution
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA)
Kant’s criterion for a work of art to be considered beautiful was the question whether we could appreciate it for its mere form. Unfortunately, Kant had no idea about how to enjoy (or even to experience) form in music. But one of his students had, and moreover, he proceeded from
enjoying the beautiful in music to recognizing music as the sublime expression of infinite longing. Thus, E.T.A. Hoffmann bridged the gap between Kant’s disregard and Schopenhauer’s glorification of music as the highest of all art forms.
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