Types, continuants, and the ontology of music

Julian Dodd

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Are works of music types of performance or are they continuants? Types are unchanging entities that could not have been otherwise; continuants can undergo change through time and could have been different. Picking up on this distinction, Guy Rohrbaugh has recently argued that musical works are continuants rather than performance-types. This paper replies to his arguments and, in the course of so doing, elaborates and defends the conception of musical works as types of performance. I end the article by arguing that the conception of musical works as continuants is under-motivated and, ultimately, obscure. © British Society of Aesthetics 2004.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-360
Number of pages18
JournalBritish Journal of Aesthetics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004


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