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- DescriptionAlexius Meing claimed to uncover a brave new world of nexistent objects. He contended that unreal objects, such as the golden mountain and the round square, genuinely had properties (such as nexistence itself) and therefore, deserved a place in an all-inclusive science. Meing's tion of nexistents was initially t well-received, largely due to the influence and criticisms of Bertrand Russell. However, it has gained considerable popularity in more recent years as academics have uncovered shortfalls in Russell's philosophy and strived to explain apparent facts about the beingless. Some philosophers have continued Meing's project, further explaining nexistent objects or formulating logic systems that incorporate them. The more recent developments beg for a re-examination of Meingianism. This book does just that, putting the theory on trial. Part One considers if Russell truly defeated Meingianism. It addresses Meingian rejoinders in response to Russell's main criticisms and further defends Russell's alternative solution, his Theory of Descriptions. Part Two explores the rationale for nexistents and their use in interpreting three types of statements: characterization, negative existential, and intentional. The book argues that, despite appearances, Meingianism cant plausibly account for its own paradigm claims, whereas Russell's framework, with some further elucidation, can explain these statements quite well. Part Three primarily addresses claims about fiction, exploring the short-comings of Meingian and Russellian frameworks in interpreting them. The book introduces a contextualization solution and symbolic method for capturing the logical form of such claims - one with the complexity to handle cross-contextual statements, including negative existential and intentional ones. It finally considers where that leaves nexistent objects, ultimately rejecting such so-called entities.
- Date of Publication01/01/2011
- Series TitleValue Inquiry Book Series / Central European Value Studies
- Series Part/Volume Number231
- Place of PublicationLeiden
- Country of PublicationNetherlands
- ImprintEditions Rodopi B.V.
- Weight227 g
- Width160 mm
- Height240 mm
- Spine8 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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