Towards Non-Being: The Logic and Metaphysics of Intentionality

Paperback | October 23, 2007

byGraham Priest

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Towards Non-Being presents an account of the semantics of intentional language - verbs such as 'believes', 'fears', 'seeks', 'imagines'. Graham Priest's account tackles problems concerning intentional states which are often brushed under the carpet in discussions of intentionality, such astheir failure to be closed under deducibility. Drawing on the work of the late Richard Routley (Sylvan), it proceeds in terms of objects that may be either existent or non-existent, at worlds that may be either possible or impossible. Since Russell, non-existent objects have had a bad press inWestern philosophy; Priest mounts a full-scale defence. In the process, he offers an account of both fictional and mathematical objects as non-existent. The book will be of central interest to anyone who is concerned with intentionality in the philosophy of mind or philosophy of language, the metaphysics of existence and identity, the philosophy or fiction, the philosophy of mathematics, or cognitive representation in AI.

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Towards Non-Being presents an account of the semantics of intentional language - verbs such as 'believes', 'fears', 'seeks', 'imagines'. Graham Priest's account tackles problems concerning intentional states which are often brushed under the carpet in discussions of intentionality, such astheir failure to be closed under deducibility. ...

Graham Priest is with the Universities of Melbourne and St Andrews.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:206 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.48 inPublished:October 23, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199230552

ISBN - 13:9780199230556

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Table of Contents

PrefaceI. Semantics for Intentionality1. Intentional Operators2. Identity3. Objects of Thought4. Characterization and DescriptionsII. In Defence of Non-Being5. On What There Isn't6. Fiction7. Mathematical Objects and Worlds8. Multiple Denotation

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`Review from previous edition Priest is a gifted writer, and the book percolates with interesting ideas, especially if one has never seriously wrestled with the topic of meinongianism ... a refreshingly bold attempt to overcome long-standing obstacles to unrestricted characterization ofnon-existant objects. While philosophers of any area will profit from the book, there are some for whom, arguably. Priest's book is required reading: namely, metaphysicians, philosophers of language, and philosophical logicians.'JC Beall, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews