Abstract

ABSTRACT:

This essay examines the extreme experience of pain in relation to the aesthetic experiences of music, poetry, and discursive prose. It argues that experience in general is conditioned by schemas of experience that direct attention and expectation, and for this reason, while it feels immediate—with the immediacy of experience being its defining quality—nevertheless experience, as such, is mediated. Semiotics—and the human sciences more generally—analyze such mediations. Furthermore, it argues, following the philosopher of music Victor Zuckerkandl, that experience as such cannot be understood as the epiphenomenon of (and thereby reducible to) either physics or psychology: that is, that it cannot be understood solely as a "natural fact" or solely as a "cultural construction."

pdf

Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6520
Print ISSN
1063-1801
Pages
pp. 471-491
Launched on MUSE
2018-10-09
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.