Medicine for Body or Soul? Philosophical Reconstruction of the Role of Music in Ancient Healing Practices

  • Sonja Weiss Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
Keywords: philosophy, music, medicine, body, soul

Abstract

The article examines the bond between the soul and the body in the light of ancient musical practices and expounds on the divergence between the philosophical distinction between body and soul, and the widespread belief in their affinity, which has a medical, as well as a religious, background. This divergence is particularly evident in the testimonies regarding the use of music in the so-called Pythagorean way of life. These testimonies seem to be related to an ancient holistic approach, which regards bodily well-being as inseparable from psychical balance.

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Author Biography

Sonja Weiss, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

Sonja WEISS (s.weiss@siol.com) is employed at the Faculty of Arts, Department for Classical Philology. She is mainly involved in researching ancient Greek philosophy; her publishing includes articles from the fields of Platonism, Neo-Platonism and the reception of the ancient philosophy tradition. She translated texts from Classical Ancient Greece, its early stages and from the period of humanism (Pre-Socratic philosophers, Plotinus, Porfirius, Anselm of Canterbury, Nikolas of Cusa, Marsilio Ficino and wrote a book on Plotinus.

Published
2016-06-27
How to Cite
WeissS. (2016). Medicine for Body or Soul? Philosophical Reconstruction of the Role of Music in Ancient Healing Practices. Musicological Annual, 52(1), 171-187. https://doi.org/10.4312/mz.52.1.171-187
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