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Works of music : an essay in ontology

Author: Julian Dodd
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
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Gives an account of the two thesis: the type/token theory and sonicism. The type/token theory addresses the question of which ontological category musical works fall under. Sonicism addresses the  Read more...


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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Julian Dodd
ISBN: 9780199284375 0199284377
OCLC Number: 717422956
Description: xi, 286 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The type/token theory introduced --
Motivating the type/token theory : repeatability --
Nominalist approaches to the ontology of music --
Musical anti-realism --
The type/token theory elaborated --
Types I : abstract, unstructured, unchanging --
Types introduced and nominalism repelled --
Types as abstracta --
Types as unstructured entities --
Types as fixed and unchanging --
Types II : platonism --
Introduction : eternal existence and timelessness --
Types and properties --
The eternal existence of properties reconsidered --
Types and patterns --
Defending the type/token theory I --
Unstructuredness and analogical predication --
Musical works as fixed and unchanging --
Abstractness and audibility (again) --
Works and interpretations --
Conclusion and resumé --
Defending the type/token theory II : musical platonism --
Platonism it is : replies to Anderson and Levinson --
The existence conditions of works of music --
Composition as creative discovery --
The nature of the compositional process : replies to objections --
Composition and aesthetic appraisal : a reply to Levinson --
Composition and aesthetic appraisal : understanding, interpretation, and correctness --
Musical works as continuants : a theory rejected --
A theory introduced --
Explicating and motivating the continuant view --
The continuant view and repeatability --
Further objections to the continuant view --
Musical works as compositional actions : a critique --
Currie's action-type hypothesis --
Davies's performance theory --
Sonicism I : against instrumentalism --
Sonicism introduced --
Sonicism motivated : moderate empiricism --
Instrumentation : timbral sonicism introduced --
Scores --
Instrumentation, artistic properties, and aesthetic content --
Levinson's rejoinder --
Sonicism II : against contextualism --
Introduction : formulating contextualism --
Contextualist ontological proposals --
Levinson's doppelgänger thought-experiments --
Artistic, representational, and object-directed expressive properties --
Aesthetic and non-object-directed expressive properties --
Conclusion : the place of context.
Responsibility: Julian Dodd.
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Dodd's book is a fascinating work, which would appeal to a wide readership. I believe it may present the best possible case for musical Platonism; whether drawn towards musical Platonism or inclined Read more...

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