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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)
The Objects of Thought is a rich book, full of ideas and arguments. Making room for non-existent objects is a complicated business, and Crane covers a lot of ground very clearly. So this is a great book for anyone who wishes to get a sophisticated overview of the debate about non-existent objects. Because I have only been able to discuss a very small part of this complicated issue, my suggestion is to go out and read the book. (Analysis)
Ambitious, ingenious, and lucid ... Cranes excellent book ... has all sorts of interesting and insightful things to say about metaphysics, language, and intentionality. There is a great deal to be learned about these things from Objects of Thought, whether or not one ultimately agrees with the details of Cranes positive view. Crane also has a fluid clear style that makes his book a pleasure to read. So I recommend it very warmly, not merely to those interested in the nonexistent, but to all those interested in metaphysics and intentionality. (Anthony Everett, Mind)
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)
About the Author
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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"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 [...] and highights some of the ways in which the thought process has evolved and matured.
Erudite, thoughtful, but above all elegantly presented this work will further cement Crane's position at the very highest levels of contemporary philosophical research.
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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.