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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (3 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199682747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199682744
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 2 x 14.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 843,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am a philosopher who works mostly on the nature of the mind. I am Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge.

My website is www.timcrane.com

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His [Crane's] discussion throughout is both delightfully clear and eminently sensible-a quality that is rarer than it should be in view of much recent metaphysical extravagance in analytic philosophy...Tim's Crane's account is, all told, of considerable merit, and can be recommended to anyone concerned with the nature of the mind. (The Times Literary Supplement)

ingenious, full of insight and wonderfully clearly written. (Niall Connolly, The Philosophical Quarterly)

elegant and original. (Pierre Jacob, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews)

Crane offers a solid contribution to the debate on the problem of intentional inexistence ... Highly recommended. (CHOICE)

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Tim Crane is Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and a Professorial Fellow of Peterhouse College. He is the author of Elements of Mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind (OUP, 2001), and co-editor (with Katalin Farkas) of Metaphysics: A Guide and Anthology (OUP, 2004). He is the philosophy editor of the Times Literary Supplement, and the general editor of the Routledge Encylopedia of Philosophy. Crane is also a member (by election) of the Academia Europaea, on the editorial board of Mind and Language, and a member of the Analysis committee.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ilyas Khan on 8 Jan 2014
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Professor Crane's illustrious predecessor as Head of Dept (of Philosophy) at Cambridge, Ludwig Wittgenstein, once famously challenged Bertrand Russell by refusing to accept that there "was not a rhinoceros in the room...." and in doing so frustrated and then irritated his then teacher. Russell eventually thought Wittgenstein to be not only a great thinker, but quite possibly one of the greatest of all philosophers. Leaving aside the unsolved question of whether Wittgenstein was disputing the existence (or not) of a Rhinoceros being present in Russell's rooms based on his fundamental issue with asserted propositions, the incident (and the profoundly engaging questions it raises about the nature of existence) highlights the slippery nature of conversations about objects that might be described as "non existent". I was reminded of the subsequent debates ignited by Wittgenstein and Moore about "certainty" throughout Crane's book, but most specifically when reading the engaging chapter "The Structure of Intentionality" that lies at the core of this delightful book.

"The Objects of Thought" was created around a thesis that was aired during Crane's Sybert Lecture in 2008 (University of Penn) and the resulting edition recently published by Oxford University Press is built around an unusually thin preface or introduction, but structured in two parts - "Objects" and "Thought". The Chapter on the structure of intentionality (chap 4) is amongst the best written expositions of the subject that might be encountered, and is as good as anything by Anscombe or Quine, and in my view is the true "beating heart" of a work that will become magisterial.

For those who are interested, Crane's (much) earlier paper on the subject of Brentano and intentionality is available online [...
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Profound analysis 29 Aug 2014
By Andrew Langridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Although quite technical and probably directed primarily at an academic audience, this book rewards serious attention. Crane's version of representationalism is very appealing, and here he deals effectively with the seemingly timeless question dealt with by Aristotle and Russell concerning negative existential statements. In saying "the planet Volcan does not exist" we appear to contradict ourselves. How is it possible to mention Volcan, let alone say anything truthful about it, if it doesn't exist? Crane's answer is that truth is better understood as explanation rather than as direct association between our representations and the world that they purport to be about.

Why is this important? If we can be mistaken about our perceptions and if we talk about non-existent things in the same way as we do about existent things, then what justification have we for stating anything about the ordinary world?

One word of warning.. the kindle download is not properly formatted in book form.
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great 7 Mar 2014
By feng yu - Published on Amazon.com
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good book for students and researchers to learn and study intentionality, its origins and development nowadays. Crane keeps his clear style in writing philosophy.
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