Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A couple quotes for the day

Here are the epigraphs for the paper I'm writing to deliver at the ACLA in a couple days, which is in part about how Claude Lévi-Strauss's way of thinking about music is related to what he learned from Roman Jakobson's structural linguistics...

Music is language without meaning [La musique, c’est le langage moins le sens]; consequently, it’s easy to understand that the listener, who is already a speaking subject, feels irresistibly drawn to fill in this absent meaning, like an amputee who attributes to his or her missing limb those sensations that he or she is experiencing which have their locus in the stump.
—Lévi-Strauss, L’homme nu.

What happens when we learn to feel the ending of a church mode as an ending?
—Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, number 535

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