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Descartes: musical dialogues

Grant number: 18/19056-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2019
Effective date (End): December 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Music
Principal researcher:Lia Vera Tomás
Grantee:Tiago de Lima Castro
Home Institution: Instituto de Artes (IA). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São Paulo. São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This work intends to analyze the debates on music of the philosopher René Descartes present in his correspondence with several interlocutors, especially with the priest, theologian, philosopher, mathematician and musical theorist Marin Mersenne. Although not being recognized by his writings on musical aesthetics, Descartes not only devoted his first work to music (Compendium Musicaæ) but also kept a correspondence on this subject with intellectuals of his time such as Marin Mersenne (musical theorist), Christian Huygens (physicist), Isaac Beeckman (mathematician), Etienne Pascal and Paide Blaise Pascal), among others. The research on this debate with several authors allows both to understand how the musical theme relates to the author's last work, The Passions of the Soul, and the development of other themes that ascended in the the seventeenth century about the temperament of musical tuning, the epistemological crisis of musical theories and about certain musical structures to move affections or passions. (AU)

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