In Christy Mag Uidhir (ed.), Art and Abstract Objects. Oxford University Press. pp. 125 (2013)

Jake Ross
University of Southern California
Shieva Kleinschmidt
University of Southern California
We seem to talk about repeatable artworks, like symphonies, films, and novels, all the time. We say things like, "The Moonlight Sonata has three movements" and "Duck Soup makes me laugh". How are these sentences to be understood? We argue against the simple subject/predicate view, on which the subjects of the sentences refer to individuals and the sentences are true iff the referents of the subjects have the properties picked out by the predicates. We then consider two alternative responses that involve reading these sentences as generics, similar to "The polar bear has four paws". The first response takes these sentences to be about kinds, and the second takes the relevant noun-phrases to act as predicates. We reject these accounts, but offer a third alternative which is informed by both, and which enables us to deny the existence of repeatable artworks while endorsing the truth of sentences seemingly about them.
Keywords Generics  Genericity  Repeatable Artwork  Symphonies  anaphora  nominalism  plural predication  collective predication
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