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The Aesthetics of Music$
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Roger Scruton

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198167273

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019816727X.001.0001

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(p.97) 4 Ontology
The Aesthetics of Music

Roger Scruton (Contributor Webpage)

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Confronts certain puzzles raised about the nature and identity of the musical work, and dismisses these puzzles as unreal: either they concern the musical work itself, in which case they are puzzles about the metaphysical status of an intentional object, and therefore susceptible to an arbitrary solution, or they concern the sounds in which the work is heard, in which case they are simply special cases of the problems concerning the nature and identity of events.

Keywords:   events, identity, intentional object, musical work, ontology

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