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The Philosopher's Touch: Sartre, Nietzsche, and Barthes at the Piano

François Noudelmann

Abstract

This book engages the musicality of Jean-Paul Sartre, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Roland Barthes, all of whom were amateur piano players and acute lovers of the medium. Though piano playing was a crucial art for these thinkers, their musings on the subject are largely scant, implicit, or discordant with each philosopher's oeuvre. The book both recovers and integrates these perspectives, showing that the manner in which these philosophers played, the composers they adored, and the music they chose reveals uncommon insight into their thinking styles and patterns. The text positions the physical and ... More

Keywords: musicality, Jean-Paul Sartre, Friedrich Nietzsche, Roland Barthes, piano playing, composers, music, philosophy, philosophers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231153942
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231153942.001.0001

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François Noudelmann, author

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