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Music in German PhilosophyAn Introduction$
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Stefan Lorenz Sorgner and Oliver Furbeth

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226768373

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226768397.001.0001

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(p.69) Hegel
Music in German Philosophy

Herbert Schnädelbach

Oliver Fürbeth

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the biography of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and his particular thoughts on musical philosophy. Hegel was born in Stuttgart on August 27, 1770. Some of his works included The Difference between Fichte's and Schelling's System of Philosophy, Phenomenology of Spirit, and Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences. Hegel's phenomenology of music belonged in the category of deductive musical theories. He interpreted musical events as direct confirmation of purely philosophical ideas. Additionally, he admittedly fell beneath the level of his own musical aesthetic in his remarks about the identity of the theme in musical compositions. Hegel's philosophy of music cannot compete with that of Arthur Schopenhauer, especially when it comes to its influence on composers. It is believed that, even today, Hegel still remains one of the unknown musical theoreticians of the past.

Keywords:   Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, musical philosophy, musical aesthetic, Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences, Phenomenology of Spirit, phenomenology

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