Types, continuants, and the ontology of music

British Journal of Aesthetics 44 (4):342-360 (2004)
Abstract
Are works of music types of performance or are they continuants? Types are unchanging entities that could not have been otherwise; continuants can undergo change through time and could have been different. Picking up on this distinction, Guy Rohrbaugh has recently argued that musical works are continuants rather than performance-types. This paper replies to his arguments and, in the course of so doing, elaborates and defends the conception of musical works as types of performance. I end the article by arguing that the conception of musical works as continuants is under-motivated and, ultimately, obscure.
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