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Environmental Philosophy

Volume 10, Issue 1, Spring 2013

East Asian and Comparative Approaches to the Environment

Meilin Chinn
Pages 25-37
DOI: 10.5840/envirophil20131013

Sensing the Wind
The Timely Music of Nature’s Memory

According to the Zhuangzi, listening to the music of nature draws the self into the silence required to experience things in their self-arising spontaneity. How does this happen? This essay answers by way of the Yue Ji (Record of Music), where it is said that great music embodies the timeliness of nature. Using both texts, I develop timeliness as the opportune moment, temporal natality, and nature’s memory. Listening to the timely music of nature is shown to be an act of ecological perception that, by releasing time in favor of timeliness, reveals our aesthetic accordance with nature’s own becoming.

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