Philosophy in a New Key by Susanne K Langer pdf free download

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Philosophy in a New Key by Susanne K Langer pdf free download

Philosophy in a New Key by Susanne K Langer pdf free download. THE “new key” in Philosophy is not one which I have struck. Other people have struck it, quite clearly and repeatedly. This book purports merely to demonstrate the unrecognized fact that it is a new key, and to show how the main themes of our thought tend to be transposed into it. As every shift of tonality gives a new sense to previous passages, so the reorientation of philosophy which is taking place in our age bestows new aspects on the ideas and arguments of the past. Our thinking stems from that past, but does not continue it in the ways that were foreseen.

Philosophy in a New Key by Susanne K Langer pdf free download

Its cleavages cut across the old lines, and suddenly bring out new motifs that were not felt to be implicit in the premises of the schools at all; for it changes the questions of philosophy. The universality of the great key-change in our thinking is shown by the fact that its tonic chord could ring true for a mind essentially preoccupied with logic, scientific language, and empirical fact, although that chord was actually first sounded by thinkers of a very different school.

Philosophy in a New Key by Susanne K Langer pdf free download

Logic and science had indeed prepared the harmony for it, unwittingly; for the study of mathematical “transformations” and “projections,” the construction of alternative descriptive systems, etc., had raised the issue of symbolic modes and of the variable relationship of form and content. But the people who recognized the importance of expressive forms for all human understanding were those who saw that not only science, but myth, analogy, metaphorical thinking, and art are intellectual activities determined by “symbolic modes”; and those people were for the most part of the idealist school.

Philosophy in a New Key by Susanne K Langer pdf free download

The relation of art to epistemology was first revealed to them through reflection on the phenomenal character of experience, in the course of the great transcendentalist “adventure of ideas” launched by Immanuel Kant. And, even now, practically all serious and penetrating philosophy of art is related somehow to the idealistic tradition. Most studies of artistic significance, of art as a symbolic form and a vehicle of conception, have been made in the spirit of post-Kantian metaphysics.

Philosophy in a New Key by Susanne K Langer pdf free download

Philosophy in a New Key by Susanne K Langer pdf free download


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