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Expression and Truth: On the Music of Knowledge

Lawrence Kramer


Expression and truth are traditional opposites in Western thought: expression supposedly refers to states of mind, truth to states of affairs. Expression and Truth rejects this opposition and proposes fluid new models of expression, truth, and knowledge with broad application for the humanities. The models derive from five theses that connect expression to description, cognition, the presence and absence of speech, and the conjunction of address and reply. The theses are linked by a concentration on musical expression, regarded as the ideal case of expression in general, and by fresh readings ... More

Keywords: expression, Wittgenstein, Schumann, descriptive realism, numinous particles, lighting up of an aspect, Philosophical Investigations, aesthetic, neither/nor, hearing-as

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520273955
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520273955.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence Kramer, author
Fordham University