Musical works: Ontology and meta-ontology

Philosophy Compass 3 (6):1113-1134 (2008)
The ontological nature of works of music has been a particularly lively area of philosophical debate during the past few years. This paper serves to introduce the reader to some of the most fertile and interesting issues. Starting by distinguishing three questions – the categorial question, the individuation question, and the persistence question – the article goes on to focus on the first: the question of which ontological category musical works fall under. The paper ends by introducing, and briefly considering, meta-ontological questions in the ontology of music.
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DOI 10.1111/j.1747-9991.2008.00173.x
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Ben Caplan & Carl Matheson (2004). Can a Musical Work Be Created? British Journal of Aesthetics 44 (2):113-134.

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