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Empiricism and the Ontology of Jazz

Empiricism and the Ontology of Jazz

James O. Young, “Empiricism and the Ontology of Jazz,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 4 (2018): 1255–66,

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Empiricism and the Ontology of Jazz

Type Journal Article
Author James O. Young
Rights © 2018 Aletheia - Associação Científica e Cultural | © 2018 Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
Volume 74
Issue 4
Pages 1255-1266
Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
ISSN 0870-5283
Date 2018
DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_4_1255
Language English
Abstract This essay argues that there is no alethic basis for adopting one ontology of jazz music rather than another. Any ontology of jazz that is consistent with the available empirical evidence may be adopted, though pragmatic reasons may exist for favouring one ontology of jazz over another. There are empirical differences between jazz and much of classical music, but one may adopt the same ontology for jazz that one adopts for works classical music.
Date Added 23/01/2019, 18:45:24
Modified 23/01/2019, 19:50:07


  • ontology,
  • empiricism,
  • jazz,
  • philosophy of music


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