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Quelques philosophes du XIXe siècle et la musique comme ésotérisme moderne

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First of all, the complex notion of esotericism shall be clarified. If esotericism used to signify inwardness, or secrete knowledge, this text employs a more recent signification, which could be more precisely magical thought exposed with decency. Thus, this type of esotericism, as a relic of the myth in the modern thought, could have appeared in the works of some great German philosophers of the nineteenth century, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, precisely when these authors write about music. This type of musical suspension of the rational thought could even have survived during the twentieth century, which will be shortly examined as a conclusion.

Keywords: esotericism; music; nineteenth century



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