Doing justice to musical works

Morris, Michael (2007) Doing justice to musical works. In: Stock, K (ed.) Philosophers on Music: Experience, Meaning and Work. Mind Association Occasional Series . Clarendon Press, Oxford, pp. 52-78. ISBN 9780199213344

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This paper argues against the view in the ontology of musical works that the relation between musical works and performances of them is the relation between a type and its tokens. I claim that this cannot do justice to the fact that musical works are essentially meaningful, in the sense of essentially being there to be understood. The type-token view risks treating musical works as found objects, and it cannot accommodate the fact that the relation between musical works and performances must be intentional if musical works are essentially meaningful.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Depositing User: Michael Morris
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:09
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2012 09:10
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