Towards Non-Being: The Logic and Metaphysics of Intentionality

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Graham Priest presents a ground-breaking account of the semantics of intentional language--verbs such as "believes," "fears," "seeks," or "imagines." Towards Non-Being proceeds in terms of objects that may be either existent or non-existent, at worlds that may be either possible or impossible. The book will be of central interest to anyone who is concerned with intentionality in the philosophy of mind or philosophy of language, the metaphysics of existence and identity, the philosophy of fiction, the philosophy of mathematics, or cognitive representation in AI.

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Graham Priest is Boyce Gibson Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne and Arché Professorial Fellow at the University of St Andrews.

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a stimulating, thought-provoking, and challenging book ...This is a turbulent Priest whom we should be glad to have among us Bob Hale, Philosophia Mathematica Priest is a gifted writer, and the book percolates with interesting ideas, especially if one has never seriously wrestled with the topic of meinongianism ... a refreshingly bold attempt to overcome long-standing obstacles to unrestricted characterization of non-existant objects. While philosophers of any area will profit from the book, there are some for whom, arguably. Priest's book is required reading: namely, metaphysicians, philosophers of language, and philosophical logicians. JC Beall, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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