David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
British Journal of Aesthetics 49 (3):203-217 (2009)
Musical Platonists identify musical works with abstract sound structures but this implies that they are not created but only discovered. Jerrold Levinson adapts Platonism to allow for creation by identifying musical works with indicated sound structures. In this paper I explore the similarities between Levinson's view and Kit Fine's theory of qua objects. Fine offers the theory of qua objects as an account of constitution, as it obtains, for example, between a statue and the clay the statue is made out of. I argue that Fine's theory does not adequately characterize the constitution relation and that the problems it faces extend to Levinson's account of musical works as indicated structures. I develop an alternative theory of constitution, based on the notion of being made out of. This approach to constitution enables me to offer an account of musical works as abstract objects that are constituted by sound structures. I argue that my account has several advantages over the Levinson/Fine approach.
|Keywords||music Levinson Fine qua objects|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Joel Krueger (forthcoming). Enacting Musical Content. In Riccardo Manzotti (ed.), Situated Aesthetics: Art Beyond the Skin. Imprint Academic.
Andrew Kania (2008). Piece for the End of Time: In Defence of Musical Ontology. British Journal of Aesthetics 48 (1):65-79.
Ben Caplan & Carl Matheson (2004). Can a Musical Work Be Created? British Journal of Aesthetics 44 (2):113-134.
James Young (2011). The Ontology of Musical Works: A Philosophical Pseudo-Problem. Frontiers of Philosophy in China 6 (2):284-297.
Jerrold Levinson (1997). Music in the Moment. Cornell University Press.
S. French & P. Vickers (2011). Are There No Things That Are Scientific Theories? British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 62 (4):771-804.
Ben Caplan & Carl Matheson (2006). Defending Musical Perdurantism. British Journal of Aesthetics 46 (1):59-69.
Ross Cameron (2008). There Are No Things That Are Musical Works. British Journal of Aesthetics 48 (3):295-314.
Added to index2009-07-06
Total downloads56 ( #32,865 of 1,413,281 )
Recent downloads (6 months)8 ( #26,713 of 1,413,281 )
How can I increase my downloads?