Platonism vs. Nominalism in Contemporary Musical Ontology

In Christy Mag Uidhir (ed.), Art and Abstract Objects. Oxford University Press. pp. 197 (2013)
In this essay I first outline contemporary Platonism about musical works – the theory that musical works are abstract objects. I then consider reasons to be suspicious of such a view, motivating a consideration of nominalist theories of musical works. I argue for two conclusions: first, that there are no compelling reasons to be a nominalist about musical works in particular, i.e. that nominalism about musical works rests on arguments for thoroughgoing nominalism, and, second, that if Platonism fails, fictionalism about musical works is to be preferred to other nominalist ontologies of musical works.
Keywords metaphysics  music  ontology  Platonism  nominalism  fictionalism  abstract objects  artworks  aesthetics
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