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14 May 2014, The Significance of Phenomenology

Speaker: Franz Berto, Arianna Betti, Christian Skirke, Julian Kiverstein / Prof. Tim Crane
Title: Workshop on Tim Crane's The Objects of Thought / Lecture by Prof. Tim Crane
Date: Wednesday 14 May 2014
Time: 11:00-15:30 / 16.00 - 18.00
Location: Belle van Zuylenzaal / Doelenzaal, UBA (University Library), Singel 425, Amsterdam
Costs: None

Crane's The Objects of Thought takes as its starting part the truism that some of the objects we can think about do not exist. This truism however raises a number of ontological puzzles. What is it that we are thinking about when we think about entities that do not exist? Crane defends two seemingly incompatible claims. On the one hand, he argues that reality contains only what exists, and since non-existent entities do not exist, there is no room in reality for non-existents. Crane also argues that we can make true claims about entities that do not exist – we can correctly predicate properties of non-existent entities like Pegasus and Sherlock Holmes. The remainder of the book consists of characteristically careful argument demonstrating how one can, and indeed should, hold both these claims.

The workshop will feature lectures by Franz Berto, Arianna Betti, Christian Skirke, Julian Kiverstein, plus presentations from graduate students, and will be followed by a lecture from Prof. Cranehave as speakers be followed by a lecture from Prof Crane titled "Intentional Identity Revisited"

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