Wittgenstein on Musical Experience and Knowledge

Eran Guter

Abstract



Wittgenstein’s thinking on music is intimately linked to core issues in his work on
the philosophy of psychology. I argue that inasmuch musical experience exemplifies
the kind of grammatical complexity that is indigenous to aspect perception and, in
general, to concepts that are based on physiognomy, it is rendered by Wittgenstein as
a form of knowledge, namely, knowledge of mankind.

Keywords


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; aesthetics; aspect; experience; expression; knowledge; language game; music; physiognomy

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