Art and the ‘Morality System’: The Case of Don Giovanni

European Journal of Philosophy 23 (4):1025-1043 (2015)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Mozart's great opera, Don Giovanni, poses a number of significant philosophical and aesthetic challenges, and yet it remains, for the most part, little discussed by contemporary philosophers. A notable exception to this is Bernard Williams's important paper, ‘Don Juan as an Idea’, which contains an illuminating discussion of Kierkegaard's ground-breaking interpretation of the opera, ‘The Immediate Erotic Stages or the Musical-Erotic’, in Either/Or. Kierkegaard's pseudonymous author's approach here is, in some respects, reminiscent of a currently rather fashionable narrative-inspired moral philosophy, of which Williams himself is perhaps the most impressive recent exponent. In the light of this apparent methodological confluence, Williams's disagreement with A about the meaning of Don Giovanni's final two scenes seems particularly significant. By offering an interpretation of Don Giovanni that both retains A's fundamental ideas and manages to get round the problems in Williams's account, I will show that the greatness of Mozart's opera is largely a function of the challenge it presents to the ‘morality system’

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 76,442

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Love as a Problem of Knowledge in Kierkegaard's Either/Or and Plato's Symposium.Ulrika Carlsson - 2010 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 53 (1):41-67.
The Origins of Don Giovanni.Mary Midgley - 1999 - Philosophy Now 25:32-34.
Could Rossini actually have written Don Giovanni?Michael J. White - 1983 - Philosophical Studies 43 (3):337 - 347.
Inherence, Causation, and Conceivability in Spinoza.Yitzhak Y. Melamed - 2012 - Journal of the History of Philosophy.

Analytics

Added to PP
2013-04-19

Downloads
37 (#318,153)

6 months
3 (#227,700)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Genia Schönbaumsfeld
University of Southampton

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations