Wittgenstein as Philosophical Tone-Poet: Philosophy and Music in Dialogue

2016.02.35 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Béla Szabados, Wittgenstein as Philosophical Tone-Poet: Philosophy and Music in Dialogue, Rodopi, 2014, 225pp., $67.00 (hbk),
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2016.02.35 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Béla Szabados, Wittgenstein as Philosophical Tone-Poet: Philosophy and Music in Dialogue, Rodopi, 2014, 225pp., $67.00 (hbk), ISBN 9789042038578. Reviewed by Garry L. Hagberg, Bard College In this absorbing and culturally rich book Béla Szabados begins with the observation that the many remarks of Wittgenstein's on music, and the central role music played in his life and his thought, have not been given sufficient attention in the world of Wittgenstein scholarship. By the end of this carefully constructed and eminently clear study one sees why he says that, his having convincingly shown the extent to which Wittgenstein's engagement with music intertwines with his philosophical thought and the extent to which each casts special or unobvious light on the other. Szabados works outward from a centrally important distinction: a number of commentators have seen Wittgenstein's remarks on, and interest in, music as. . .

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