Treatise on the Absence of Emotions in Music 聲無哀樂論

Ji Kang 嵇康
1573 manuscript by Ge Yinliang 葛寅亮
Harvard-Yenching Library, T 5235.2 3147 (12)

Click for full-size imageThis 3rd-century treatise by the poet, philosopher, and musician Ji Kang, is an argument against the dominant Confucian thesis that music has intrinsic moral and emotional values. The author instead proposes that the beauty of music resides primarily in its form.

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