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Immanent Realism

An Introduction to Brentano

Authors: Albertazzi, Liliana

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In many respects, Brentano conducted pioneering analyses of problems that are currently in the focus of cognitive science and artificial intelligence: from the problem of reference to that of representation, from the problem of categorial classification to ontology and the cognitive analysis of natural language.

Brentano, in fact, dealt with and wrote on questions concerning the auditory stream (temporal apprehension), visual perception (continua, point of view, three-dimensional construction of phenomenal objects), intentionality, imagery, and conceptual space, considering these pertaining to a metaphysical enquiry. Moreover, Brentano displayed clear awareness of the complexity of problems and of the interrelations among different areas of inquiry. From this point of view, his theory, however complex, offers elements for the treatment of problems currently under investigation.

Brentano's work is an antidote against physicalism and logicism, which dominated the 20th century epistemology, and as such appears to be a good philosophy candidate for cognitive science.

"A set of knotty questions are implied in the very title of Brentano's work "Psychology from an empirical standpoint". To solve them, Albertazzi guides us systematically through Brentano's life and works, investigating into the inherent complexity of both his view of mental life and the related methodology. In so doing, she discloses a number of threads into the open texture of modern philosophy of mind." Lia Formigari, Ordinary professor of Philosophy of Language, La Sapienza, Rome, Italy

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"Liliana Albertazzi's recent book presents Brentano's life and work in an unmatched synthesis of clarity and richness. [...] The book is fascinating because of its content, pleasurable because of its style, and unique in its cross-combination of historical and theoretical perspectives. [...] There are books that must be read and books that are a pleasure to read. This book is both."

Riccardo Manzotti, Institute of Human and Environmental Science, University of Language and Communication, Milan, Italy, in Mind & Matter Vol. 4(1), pp. 115-119

"I can vouch unequivocally for the rich conceptual rewards that await those with some background and interest in foundational issues concerning perception, language and philosophy of mind. The book should be essential reading for philosophers seeking a presentation of Brentano's work in English that does not come through the lens of analytic or continental philosophy."

Dhanraj Vishwanath, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA, in TRENDS in Cognitive Sciences Vol. 10 No. 12, pp. 536-537

"Albertazzi's analysis of Brentano's work and the development of his thoughts is based on a thorough study of his work and on her extensive knowledge of the 19th century German scholars and philosophers in general. She gives many new and interesting insights in Brentano's thoughts and the book is worth the mental effort it demands."

Beatrice Centi & Geert-Jan Boudewijnse, in Gestalt Theory 29(4), 2007, pp. 351-357


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • INTRODUCTION

    Pages 1-3

    Albertazzi, Liliana

  • A life, a novel

    Pages 5-41

    Albertazzi, Liliana

  • Brentano and Aristotle

    Pages 43-82

    Albertazzi, Liliana

  • Psychology from an empirical standpoint

    Pages 83-121

    Albertazzi, Liliana

  • Metaphysics and the science of the soul

    Pages 123-154

    Albertazzi, Liliana

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Immanent Realism
Book Subtitle
An Introduction to Brentano
Authors
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
333
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-4202-7
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-4202-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4201-0
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7070-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 378
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