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Existence as a Real Property

The Ontology of Meinongianism

Authors: Berto, Francesco

  • A comprehensive introduction to the notion of existence – arguably, the most important concept of ontology and metaphysics
  • Introduces both mainstream and non-standard theories within the philosophical debate on existence
  • Adopts a meta-ontological viewpoint and develops an original neo-Meinongian theory
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This profound exploration of one of the core notions of philosophy—the concept of existence itself—reviews, then counters (via Meinongian theory), the mainstream philosophical view running from Hume to Frege, Russell, and Quine, summarized thus by Kant: “Existence is not a predicate.” The initial section of the book presents a comprehensive introduction to, and critical evaluation of, this mainstream view. The author moves on to provide the first systematic survey of all the main Meinongian theories of existence, which, by contrast, reckon existence to be a real, full-fledged property of objects that some things possess, and others lack. As an influential addition to the research literature, the third part develops the most up-to-date neo-Meinongian theory called Modal Meinongianism, applies it to specific fields such as the ontology of fictional objects, and discusses its open problems, laying the groundwork for further research.

In accordance with the latest trends in analytic ontology, the author prioritizes a meta-ontological viewpoint, adopting a dual definition of meta-ontology as the discourse on the meaning of being, and as the discourse on the tools and methods of ontological enquiry. This allows a balanced assessment of philosophical views on a cost-benefit basis, following multiple criteria for theory evaluation. Compelling and revealing, this new publication is a vital addition to contemporary philosophical ontology.

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Concise yet comprehensive, Francesco Berto's study of Meinongian logic, semantics, and the object theory interpretation of existence, admirably covers the recent history and breaks new ground in its subject. Readable and well-researched, Berto's book provides an elegant field guide to basic concepts in Meinong scholarship, partnered with a phenomenologically motivated commitment to a referential domain of beingless alongside existent dynamic and abstract intended objects.

Dale Jacquette, Universität Bern

Institut für Philosophie

Berto’s book is a passionate defence of the old-fashioned yet for a long while discredited idea that existence is a first-order property that some individual possess while some others – past and future objects, intentional objects, fictional objects … - lack. Berto refreshens this idea by providing new intriguing arguments against its detractors and by developing what he calls Modal Meinongianism, a theory originally presented by Graham Priest. Noone interested in logico-semantical and ontological issues should refrain from carefully reading this book.

 

Alberto Voltolini

Department of Philosophy and Education Sciences, University of Turin


Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Existence as a Real Property
Book Subtitle
The Ontology of Meinongianism
Authors
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
356
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4207-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4207-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4206-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9588-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 242
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