In a recent article in this journal, Lee B. Brown criticizes one central kind of project in higher-order musical ontology—the project of offering an ontological theory of a particular musical tradition. I defend this kind of project by replying to Brown’s critique, arguing that musical practices are not untheorizably messy, and that a suitably subtle descriptivist ontology of a given practice can be valuable both theoretically and practically.
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Kania, A. (2012). In defence of higher-order musical ontology: A reply to Lee B. Brown. British Journal of Aesthetics, 52(1), 97-102. doi:10.1093/aesthj/ayr044
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