Theology as Performance: Music, Aesthetics, and God in Western Thought / Edition 1

Theology as Performance: Music, Aesthetics, and God in Western Thought / Edition 1

by Philip Stoltzfus
     
 

ISBN-10: 0567029212

ISBN-13: 9780567029218

Pub. Date: 06/05/2006

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Theology as Performance breaks new ground in the growing conversation between modern theology and philosophical aesthetics. Stoltzfus proposes that significant moments in the Western development of the concept of God, in particular as represented in the figures of Friedrich Schleiermacher, Karl Barth, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, have been deeply influenced by concepts

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Theology as Performance breaks new ground in the growing conversation between modern theology and philosophical aesthetics. Stoltzfus proposes that significant moments in the Western development of the concept of God, in particular as represented in the figures of Friedrich Schleiermacher, Karl Barth, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, have been deeply influenced by concepts and approaches borrowed from the discipline of musical aesthetics. Each thinker develops fundamentally different ways of writing about God that have in significant respects been derived from each one's reading and writing about music. The aesthetic implications of Schleiermacher's so-called subjectivist turn, Barth's objectivist reaction, and Wittgenstein's language-game pragmatism can thus be fully understood only by attending to the musical culture and distinctly musicological discourses that gave rise to them. Stoltzfus constructs two trajectories of thought with which to trace theological reflection upon music throughout the pre-modern period: the traditions of Orpheus and Pythagoras. Schleiermacher's aesthetic approach, then, becomes a modern representative of the Orpheus trajectory, and Barth's approach a representative of the Pythagoras trajectory. Stoltzfus interprets Wittgenstein as putting forward a radical critique of these trajectories and pointing toward a third, "performative" theological-aesthetic method. Theology as Performance offers a provocative rethinking of the aesthetic roots of modern theology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780567029218
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
06/05/2006
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

1Prospects for a musical-aesthetic critique of modern theology1
2Pythagoras and Orpheus as premodern theological resources18
3Schleiermacher on music as the expression of feeling and mood49
4Barth on music as timelessly valid form107
5Wittgenstein on music as performance167
6Theology as performance assessment and application242

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