Fictionalism about musical works

Anton Killin

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    The debate concerning the ontological status of musical works is perhaps the most animated debate in contemporary analytic philosophy of music. In my view, progress requires a piecemeal approach. So in this article I hone in on one particular musical work concept – that of the classical Western art musical work; that is, the work concept that regulates classical art-musical practice. I defend a fictionalist analysis – a strategy recently suggested by Andrew Kania as potentially fruitful – and I develop a version of such an analysis in line with a broad commitment to philosophical naturalism.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-26pp.
    JournalCanadian Journal of Philosophy
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


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