Upholding standards: A realist ontology of standard form jazz

Julian Dodd

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In "All Play and No Work," Andrew Kania claims that standard form jazz involves no works, only performances. This article responds to Kania by defending one of the alternative ontological proposals that he rejects, namely, that jazz works are ontologically continuous with works of classical music. I call this alternative "the standard view," and I argue that it is the default position in the ontology of standard form jazz. Kania has three objections to the standard view. The bulk of the article is devoted to explaining why none of these objections succeed. © 2014 The American Society for Aesthetics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-290
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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