Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Philosophy Outside-InA Critique of Academic Reason$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Christopher Norris

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748684557

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684557.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM EDINBURGH SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.edinburgh.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Edinburgh University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use.date: 26 February 2021

Inaesthetics and Transitory Ontology

Inaesthetics and Transitory Ontology

The Case of Political Song

(p.150) Chapter 5 Inaesthetics and Transitory Ontology
Philosophy Outside-In

Christopher Norris

Edinburgh University Press

Here I take political song as the single most challenging (hence most revealing) topic for any ontology of music. Political songs – those with genuine and lasting social impact – are on the one hand maximally context-specific or geared to particular historical occasions while on the other hand capable of somehow maintaining that impact in later, often very different historical circumstances. I address this seeming paradox from a range of perspectives, among them Frank Kermode’s reflections on ‘the classic’ and Derrida’s discussion of speech-act ‘iterability’. Another main source is Alain Badiou’s highly innovative thinking about the relationship between being and event. In particular I cite his idea of ‘transitory ontology’ and his understanding of how great advances – whether in mathematics, science, politics, or the arts – come about through a mode of proleptic or premonitory grasp despite the limits of present-best knowledge or practical realisation. Such are those breakthrough occurrences that mark the advent of a new ontological dispensation and constitute a further stage in the unfolding dialectic of being and event. Political song is of special significance in this context since its elusive ontological status goes along with a strong political charge and a temporal-modal orientation toward the realm of future possibility.

Keywords:   aesthetics, Badiou, being, Derrida, event, music, ontology, politics, song

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.