Music, restoration and ontology : a guide for the perplexed

Abstract : I investigate the nature of the relationships between art and metaphysics in the tradition of classical music, performance art, and art restoration. The first part of the thesis is dedicated to musical ontology. I begin in Chapter 1 by analyzing theories of what a classical musical work is ontologically. I focus on Idealism, Nominalism and Platonism. I defend the view that none of these proposals is satisfactory nor able to resist objections. This leads in Chapter 2 to a discussion of the appropriate methodology for doing musical ontology. I thus propose a metametaphysical account of the ontology of art. I examine four objections against art ontology: Eliminativism, Aestheticism, Historicism and Semanticism. The second part of the thesis is devoted to the study of the cases of performance art and restoration. In Chapter 3 I investigate the concept of a work of art in general, arguing that there is no need to subsume all art under the work-concept. I claim that drawing a distinction between artworks and other art-phenomena is important to make sense of nontraditional contemporary art. In Chapter 4, I consider the notion of performance art both historically and philosophically. I contend that performances can be understood in the comparison with experiments and games. I examine the way in which performance art challenges our common understanding of art appreciation by introducing the contrasting notions of immersion and interaction. In Chapter 5, I consider the topic of art authenticity with regard to restoration. I refer to the work of Cesare Brandi to address some of the ontological problems that a philosophical analysis of restoration presents us with.
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Lisa Giombini. Music, restoration and ontology : a guide for the perplexed. Philosophy. Université de Lorraine, 2015. English. ⟨NNT : 2015LORR0093⟩. ⟨tel-01751835⟩

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