Art works, ontology of

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-M012-1
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References and further reading

  • Currie, G. (1989) An Ontology of Art, London: Macmillan.

    (Emphasizes the requirement that an ontology of art incorporate an historical dimension.)

  • Currie, G. (1991) ‘Work and Text’, Mind 100: 325–40.

    (Applies antistructuralist arguments to the case of literary works.)

  • Elgin, C.Z. and Goodman, N. (1988) ‘Interpretations and Identity: Can the Work Survive the World?’, in Reconceptions in Philosophy, London: Routledge.

    (Argues for the identification of the literary work with its text.)

  • Goodman, N. (1981) Languages of Art, 2nd edn, Brighton: Harvester Wheatsheaf.

    (A classic work containing, along with a great deal else, an account of the autographic/allographic distinction.)

  • Kivy, P. (1983) ‘Platonism in Music: A Kind of Defence’, Grazer Philosophische Studien 19: 109–29.

    (Defends the view that musical works are discovered.)

  • Levinson, J. (1990) Music, Art, and Metaphysics, Ithaca, NY, and London: Cornell University Press.

    (An important collection of essays giving arguments and examples which favour contextualism.)

  • Walton, K. (1970) ‘Categories of Art’, Philosophical Review 79: 334–67.

    (Argues that the aesthetic qualities of works depend on the genres to which they belong.)

  • Wollheim, R. (1978) ‘Are the Criteria of Identity that Hold for a Work of Art in the Different Arts Aesthetically Relevant?’, Ratio 20: 29–48.

    (Argues that questions about work identity must be settled by reference to the artist’s theory of work identity.)

  • Wollheim, R. (1980) Art and Its Objects, 2nd edn, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Wolterstorff, N. (1980) Worlds and Worlds of Art, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

    (An influential approach somewhat different from those discussed here.)

Citing this article:
Currie, Gregory. Bibliography. Art works, ontology of, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-M012-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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