Objects and Pseudo-Objects. Ontological deserts and jungles from Meinong to
International conference, University of Liège, May 15-16, 2012.
Room: Tuesday and Wednesday morning: Salle de l'Horloge (Place
du Vingt-Août 7, Central Building, Jesuits Wing, 2d mezzanine). Wednesday
afternoon: Salle Lumière (A1/2/Com1; Place du Vingt-Août
7, Central Building, 2d floor).
The development of new theories of representation, meaning, and judgement
in the late 19th century gave rise, in the first three decades of the 20th
century, to a profound renewal of ontological concerns. The question, somewhat
crudely, was how far one can legitimately speak of objects and how to discriminate
between objects and pseudo-objects. The conference aims to explore the controversies
on semantic entities from a historical perspective. The focus will be on
the following three aspects:
(1) The "luxurious" theories of object originating in Brentano's
theory of intentionality (Twardowski, Meinong, Husserl, Mally, Reinach,
Ingarden, etc.) and the nominalistic or reistic reactions they provoked
(Lesniewski, Kotarbinski, and Brentano himself).
(2) The ontological purge launched by Frege and Russell and its repercussions,
beginning with the Vienna Circle.
(3) The neo-Kantian attempts at a "critical" definition of objectivity
in terms of the theory of judgment.
presentation [293 Kb] -
- Robert Brisart (FUSL, Université du Luxembourg)
- Dale Jacquette (Universität Bern)
- Wioletta Miskiewicz (CNRS/IHPST, Paris; Université de Varsovie) [Canceled]
- Claire Ortiz Hill (CNRS/IHPST, Paris)
- Vesselin Petrov (Institute for Philosophical Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
- Roberto Poli (Università di Trento)
- Peter Simons (Trinity College, Dublin)
R. Brisart (FUSL, University of Luxemburg),
B. Leclercq (ULg), M. Peeters (ULB), S. Richard (ULB), D. Seron (ULg, FNRS)
d.seron[a]ulg.ac.be Tel. +32 (0)4 366 55 93