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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Liu, Gerald Chien
Author's Email Address gerald.c.liu@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-03072013-085019
Title Musics and the Generosity of God
Degree PhD
Department Religion
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Robin M. Jensen Committee Chair
Ted Smith Committee Co-Chair
Gregory F. Barz Committee Member
Jean-Luc Marion Committee Member
John McClure Committee Member
Paul DeHart Committee Member
  • avant-garde
  • Heidegger
  • jeremy begbie
  • john cage
  • music
  • theology
  • pierre boulez
  • sound
  • aesthetics
  • homiletics
  • worship
  • preaching
  • liturgics
Date of Defense 2013-08-17
Availability unrestricted
Musics and the Generosity of God appeals to French theological phenomenology, a re-translation of Heidegger’s concept of "Ge-Stell," and an analysis of musical compositions from the postwar avant-garde to critique the tendency to reduce the theological significance of music to mere illustrations of preconceived doctrines. Alternatively, the thesis argues that all sounds instantiate divine generosity.
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