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Towards Non-Being: The Logic and Metaphysics of Intentionality
This text presents an account of the semantics of intentional language. It proceeds in terms of objects that may be either existent or non-existent, at worlds that may be either possible or impossible. The text will be of interest to those concerned with intentionality in the philosophy of mind or philosophy of language.
Paperback, 190 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published 2005)
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Intentionality is a hot topic in the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics. Intentionality is basically "a mental state whereby it is 'directed towards' an object of some kind." (5), though Priest himself admits that it is much more difficult than this. This work is a clever defense of noneism, the view that one can have meaningful intentional states directed towards non-existent (even impossible!) objects. The form of the book is broken down into two parts: the first is a ...more