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Works of Music: An Essay in Ontology

Julian Dodd


This book gives a sustained defence of the simple view of the ontological nature of works of pure, instrumental music. The simple view is the conjunction of two theses: the type/token theory and sonicism. The type/token theory claims that musical works are types whose tokens are sound-sequence-events, whilst sonicism tells us that such works are identical just in case they sound exactly alike. Even though the simple view is favoured by very few writers in the philosophy of music, this book maintains that it is the default position given our ordinary intuitions about musical works; that it can ... More

Keywords: eternal existence, musical works, repeatability, the simple view, sonicism, type, type/token theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199284375
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199284375.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julian Dodd, author
University of Manchester
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