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The Objects of Thought

Tim Crane

Abstract

This book addresses the ancient question of how it is possible to think about what does not exist. It is argued that the representation of the non-existent is a pervasive feature of our thought about the world, and that we will not adequately understand thought’s representational power (‘intentionality’) unless we have understood the representation of the non-existent. Intentionality is conceived in terms of the direction of the mind upon an object of thought, or an intentional object. Intentional objects are what we think about. Some intentional objects exist and some do not. Non-existence po ... More

Keywords: Intentionality, intentional objects, non-existence, ontology, mental representation, thought, non-being, existence, aboutness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199682744
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682744.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Crane, author
University of Cambridge