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The Philosopher's TouchSartre, Nietzsche, and Barthes at the Piano$
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François Noudelmann

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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(p.1) One Intuition
The Philosopher's Touch

François Noudelmann

, Brian J. Reilly
Columbia University Press

This book focuses on the musicality of Jean-Paul Sartre, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Roland Barthes, with particular emphasis on their ability to play the piano. Piano playing is not a simple hobby; it engages a unique disposition to the world, to past generations, and to the contemporary. Among the signs confirming such an intuition, this book notes that the musical activity of Sartre, Nietzsche, and Barthes often contravened their public works. The book seeks to capture what distinguishes these three music lovers, to show how their lives and ideas overlap in unexpected ways, and to examine how they created unique modes of relating to time, pleasure, the will, and friendship. It argues that, when playing the piano, this trio composed, in ways discrete and active, the philosophical contours of their thought.

Keywords:   musicality, Jean-Paul Sartre, Friedrich Nietzsche, Roland Barthes, piano, intuition, music, time, pleasure, piano playing

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