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By Francesco Berto

This profound exploration of 1 of the center notions of philosophy―the notion of lifestyles itself―reviews, then counters (via Meinongian theory), the mainstream philosophical view operating from Hume to Frege, Russell, and Quine, summarized hence via Kant: “Existence isn't a predicate.” The preliminary part of the e-book offers a entire creation to, and demanding evaluate of, this mainstream view. the writer strikes directly to give you the first systematic survey of all of the major Meinongian theories of lifestyles, which, against this, reckon lifestyles to be a true, full-fledged estate of items that a few issues own, and others lack. As an influential addition to the examine literature, the 3rd half develops the main up to date neo-Meinongian concept referred to as Modal Meinongianism, applies it to precise fields equivalent to the ontology of fictional gadgets, and discusses its open difficulties, laying the basis for extra research.

In accordance with the newest developments in analytic ontology, the writer prioritizes a meta-ontological standpoint, adopting a twin definition of meta-ontology because the discourse at the that means of being, and because the discourse at the instruments and strategies of ontological enquiry. this permits a balanced evaluate of philosophical perspectives on a cost-benefit foundation, following a number of standards for conception evaluate. Compelling and revealing, this new booklet is an important addition to modern philosophical ontology.

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