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Towards Non-Being: The Logic and Metaphysics of Intentionality

Graham Priest


Towards Non-Being presents an account of the semantics of intentional verbs such as ‘believes’, ‘fears’, ‘seeks’, and ‘imagines’. It tackles problems concerning intentional states which are often brushed under the carpet, such as their failure to be closed under deducibility. Drawing on the noneist work of the late Richard Routley (Sylvan), the book proceeds in terms of objects that may be existent or non-existent, at worlds that may either be possible or impossible. Since Russell, non-existent objects have had a bad press in Western philosophy. The book mounts a full-scale defenc ... More

Keywords: intentionality, semantics, Richard Routley (Sylvan), non-existent object, noneism, possible world, impossible world, fictional objects, mathematical objects

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199262540
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199262543.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Graham Priest, author
Universities of Melbourne and St Andrews
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