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Thinking about Things

Mark Sainsbury


In the blink of an eye, I can redirect my thought from London to Cairo, from cookies to unicorns, from former President Obama to the mythical flying horse, Pegasus. How is this possible? How can we think about things that do not exist, like unicorns and Pegasus? Thinking About Things addresses these and related questions, taking as its framework a representational theory of mind. It explains how mental states are attributed, what their aboutness consists in, whether or not they are relational, and whether any of them involve nonexistent things like unicorns. The explanation centers on display ... More

Keywords: thinking, unicorns, intentionality, intensionality, nonexistence, concepts, attitude attributions, aboutness. representation, originalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198803348
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198803348.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Sainsbury, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin