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Exploring Meinong’s Jungle and Beyond

The Sylvan Jungle - Volume 1

Authors: Routley, Richard

Editors: Eckert, Maureen (Ed.)

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  • Reintroduces Sylvan's work on noneism to the research community
  • Focuses on the longest chapter on the original publication of Sylvan's, Exploring Meinong s Jungle and Beyond 
  • Includes essays by current researchers addressing the past, present, and future significance of The Jungle Book
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In this first volume of The Sylvan Jungle, the editors present a scholarly edition of the first chapter, "Exploring Meinong's Jungle," of Richard Routley's 1000-plus page book,  Exploring Meinong's Jungle and Beyond. Going against the Quinean orthodoxy, Routley’s aim was to support Meinong’s idea that we can truthfully refer to non-existent and even impossible objects, like Superman, unicorns and the (infamous) round-square cupola on Berkeley College. The tools of non-classical logic at Routley’s disposal enabled him to update Meinong’s project for a new generation.

This volume begins with an Introduction from Dominic Hyde, “The ‘Jungle Book’ in Context,” an essay that situates Exploring Meinong’s Jungle and Beyond historically. We provide the original Preface by Routley, followed by Chapter 1: “Exploring Meinong’s Jungle and Beyond.” In Chapter 2, Nicholas Griffin argues that Sylvan’s project was insufficiently radical with his essay, “Why the Original Theory of Items Didn’t (Quite) Go Far Enough.” Sylvan revisits his position from this time in Chapter 3, with his article, “Re-Exploring Item-Theory.” Filippo Casati, who has worked in the Routley Archives then takes up the question of the future of Sylvan’s research program in his essay, “The Future Perfect of Exploring Meinong’s Jungle.”

Iconic and iconoclastic Australian philosopher Richard Routley (né Sylvan) published Exploring Meinong’s Jungle and Beyond in 1980. This work has fallen out of print, yet without great fanfare it has influenced two generations of philosophers and logicians.

About the authors

Richard Routley/Sylvan (1935-1996), a New Zealand born philosopher, who was a research fellow at the Australian National University at the time of his death, rose to prominence for his work in the development of Relevance Logic, Deep Ecology and a revised and improved Meinongian ontology known as noneism.   An iconoclastic figure in Australian philosophy, Routley/Sylvan s legacy thrives in the views of students and colleagues worldwide.

Maureen Eckert is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at UMASS Dartmouth whose editorial works include Fate, Time and Language: David Foster Wallace s Essay on Free Will (2010), Freedom and the Self: Essays on the Philosophy of David Foster Wallace (2015) and Theories of Mind: Introductory Readings (2006). She is an advocate of non-classical logic, focusing on instructional methods for presenting it in undergraduate philosophy curricula.

Reviews

“It is really nice … . There is still much to be learned from Sylvan's work, not only from the efforts to put noneism on rigorous bases, but also from the criticisms he advanced to the theory of reference.” (Jonas Rafael Becker Arenhart, Mathematical Reviews, November, 2019)

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eBook $129.00
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Hardcover $169.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Exploring Meinong’s Jungle and Beyond
Book Subtitle
The Sylvan Jungle - Volume 1
Authors
Editors
  • Maureen Eckert
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
394
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-78793-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-78793-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-78791-6
Series ISSN
0166-6991
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
LI, 620
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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