Ethical humans: Sounds, bodies, sufferings and aliveness

Seidler, Victor. 2023. Ethical humans: Sounds, bodies, sufferings and aliveness. Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication, ISSN 1757-1952 [Article]

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This article explores the way sound, music, rhythm and movement reflect experiences of suffering, trauma and aliveness by reflecting on colonializing and decolonializing modes of understanding the role played by sounds and music in living through suffering, displacement, cultural devastation and illness. Music and sound practices offer people ways of connecting life narratives and coping mechanisms to deal with loss and suffering. A peculiar aliveness of the body is mediated by sound and rhythm. The experiences with personal and cultural suffering of Richard Wilhelm, Simone Weil, Ludwig Wittgenstein and people in the author’s life are read against the background of the ethical and communicative dimensions of sound and music, in an ethnographic and auto-ethnographic as much a philosophical study.

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decolonization; embodiment; music; soundscapes; Weil; Wittgenstein

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24 March 2023Accepted
1 August 2023Published

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22 Aug 2023 09:35

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22 Aug 2023 09:36

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