In Defence of Higher-Order Musical Ontology: A Reply to Lee B. Brown

British Journal of Aesthetics 52 (1):97-102 (2012)
In a recent article in this journal, Lee B. Brown criticizes one central kind of project in higher-order musical ontology—the project of offering an ontological theory of a particular musical tradition. I defend this kind of project by replying to Brown’s critique, arguing that musical practices are not untheorizably messy, and that a suitably subtle descriptivist ontology of a given practice can be valuable both theoretically and practically.
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