In an discussion about Schopenhauer , the French philosophy teacher Christophe Salaün says:

"L'expérience esthétique est la suspension momentanée de la douleur, du désir. En supprimant provisoirement la douleur elle nous fait rentrer dans une sorte d'autre monde où le temps n'existe plus."


"Aesthetic experience is the suspension of pain, of desire. In suspending pain tentatively, we enter in another world, a world where time doesn't exist anymore."

How does the aesthetic experience suspend pain and desire? Is he referring to the experience we have with music when we 'forget' ourselves and the world around us?

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    Could you please add a bit context to the author and the project for those of us who do not understand French? A quick google search informed me that he worked quite a lot on Schopenhauer (limited knowledge of French), but I am not sure whether he paraphrases/explains Schopenhauer in the quote or having a point of his own. – Philip Klöcking May 17 '17 at 17:40
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    You should have mentioned in your post that Salaün refers to Schopenhauer's philosophy, where aesthetic experience, a contemplative, disinterested attitude, is identified with suspension of the Will, which is the source of all pain and suffering in the world. Schopenhauer was influenced by the Buddhist conception that desires ("will") are the cause of all suffering and to end one we have to end the other. See Soll's Willing and Nothingness, p.94 – Conifold May 17 '17 at 21:51
  • Schopenhauer was a avid reader of the Upanishads. I think rather than the word aesthetic, which carries certain connotations, a better word would be mystical. the mystical state of samadhi, or satori, is described in the manner quoted. – Swami Vishwananda May 18 '17 at 4:57
  • @Conifold I edited the question. – reddit_10 May 18 '17 at 11:40

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