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Works of MusicAn Essay in Ontology$
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Julian Dodd

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199284375

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199284375.001.0001

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Types I: Abstract, Unstructured, Unchanging

Types I: Abstract, Unstructured, Unchanging

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This is the first of two chapters that examine the ontological nature of types, and thereby shed light on the type/token theory's philosophical commitments. Treating word-types as paradigmatic, the chapter's key theses are the following: (i) pace the views of Eddy Zemach, types are abstract entities (i.e., entities that have no spatial location); (ii) types are unstructured items (i.e. items that lack proper parts); and (iii) following Guy Rohrbaugh, it is argued that types are both modally and temporally inflexible.

Keywords:   abstract entities, modally inflexible, Guy Rohrbaugh, temporally inflexible, types, unstructured, Eddy Zemach

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