A Return to Musical Idealism

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 95 (4):702-715 (2017)
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Abstract

In disputes about the ontology of music, musical idealism—that is, the view that musical compositions are ideas—has proven to be rather unpopular. We argue that, once we have a better grip on the ontology of ideas, we can formulate a version of musical idealism that is not only defensible, but plausible and attractive. We conclude that compositions are a particular kind of idea: they are completed ideas for musical manifestation.

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Wesley Cray
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Carl Alan Matheson
University of Manitoba

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