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Aperçu sur le rôle de l'harmonie musicale dans l'oeuvre de Proclus

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Synthesizing the theosophical wisdom of ancient Paganism, Procluss work is representative of the rich conceptuality in the late Neoplatonism. In both Commentary on the Republic and Commentary on the Timaeus, his views on musical harmony appear with a real thematic coherence, based on the idea of harmony being the principle that unifies and organizes the cosmos. Harmonization of the ideal City is the starting point for classifying the species of music in accordance with the tetradic structure of orders in the neoplatonic apprehension of the real. As to harmonization of the universal Soul, it conforms to the mathematical structure of the diatonic mode, considered by Proclus as the pattern of the platonic dialectic: i.e. the very method for the process of philosophical thought. Philosophy itself appears, consequently, as the highest form of music. Those considerations throw a new light on the way the philosopher conceived the exercise of his discipline.

Keywords: harmonization; Neoplatonism; Proclus



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