The ontology of musical works: A philosophical pseudo-problem

Frontiers of Philosophy in China 6 (2):284-297 (2011)
Abstract
A bewildering array of accounts of the ontology of musical works is available. Philosophers have held that works of music are sets of performances, abstract, eternal sound-event types, initiated types, compositional action types, compositional action tokens, ideas in a composer’s mind and continuants that perdure. This paper maintains that questions in the ontology of music are, in Rudolf Carnap’s sense of the term, pseudo-problems. That is, there is no alethic basis for choosing between rival musical ontologies. While we have no alethic basis for choosing any ontology of music, pragmatic reasons can be given for favoring certain ontologies of musical works over others.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 9,357
External links
  •   Try with proxy.
  • Through your library Configure
    References found in this work BETA
    Ben Caplan & Carl Matheson (2006). Defending Musical Perdurantism. British Journal of Aesthetics 46 (1):59-69.
    Rudolf Carnap (1950). Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology. Revue Internationale De Philosophie 4 (2):20--40.
    Julian Dodd (2000). Musical Works as Eternal Types. British Journal of Aesthetics 40 (4):424-440.

    View all 11 references

    Citations of this work BETA

    No citations found.

    Similar books and articles
    Julian Dodd (2004). Types, Continuants, and the Ontology of Music. British Journal of Aesthetics 44 (4):342-360.
    Saam Trivedi (2008). Music and Metaphysics. Metaphilosophy 39 (1):124–143.
    Ross Cameron (2008). There Are No Things That Are Musical Works. British Journal of Aesthetics 48 (3):295-314.
    Ben Caplan & Carl Matheson (2006). Defending Musical Perdurantism. British Journal of Aesthetics 46 (1):59-69.
    Christopher Bartel (2011). Music Without Metaphysics? British Journal of Aesthetics 51 (4):383-398.
    Peter Kivy (1983). Platonism in Music. Grazer Philosophische Studien 19:109-129.
    Analytics

    Monthly downloads

    Added to index

    2011-05-22

    Total downloads

    59 ( #21,728 of 1,088,426 )

    Recent downloads (6 months)

    1 ( #69,601 of 1,088,426 )

    How can I increase my downloads?

    My notes
    Sign in to use this feature


    Discussion
    Start a new thread
    Order:
    There  are no threads in this forum
    Nothing in this forum yet.