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The Re-Enchantment of the WorldSecular Magic in a Rational Age$
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Joshua Landy and Michael Saler

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804752992

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804752992.001.0001

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Epilogue: What Hearing Knows

Epilogue: What Hearing Knows

(p.259) Epilogue: What Hearing Knows
The Re-Enchantment of the World

Michel Serres

Stanford University Press

This chapter notes that re-enchantment takes place through language in a strikingly different way. It provides an account of a genuine, non-fanciful, potentially epistemology-generating access to the earliest period of human existence on earth. It is well known that when people seek to make genuine contact with another individual, he attends to the style of his utterances, not merely to the paraphrasable content. The same thing holds at a higher level. Just as the music of an individual conveys his essence, the music of a language also conveys its essence. And if one listens carefully enough, one may retrace his steps all the way back to the source of language in general.

Keywords:   re-enchantment, human existence, music, language source

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