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On Music and Memory through Μνήμη and Ἀνάμνησις

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  • Jessica Dean Wiskus, Duquesne University

Memory plays an integral role in music listening and music performance. But what specific memory structures do we employ when we engage with music? Taking Aristotle's De memoria et reminiscentia as principle guide, I aim to press upon a matter of central interest to the phenomenologist of music, focusing on the relation between memory proper and recollection. Drawing upon Physics IV and De anima III, I clarify a two-fold temporal structure- A structure comprised of sensation and flowing continuity- A t work in the experience of remembering. Finally, I claim that music, through the ordered expression of its successive sensations, pertains directly to but supports access to as well.

Original languageEnglish
JournalResearch in Phenomenology
Pages (from-to)346-364
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • Aristotle, memory, musical movement

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