The Objects of Thought

2014.07.32 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Tim Crane, The Objects of Thought, Oxford University Press, 2013, 182pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199682744.   Reviewed by
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2014.07.32 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Tim Crane, The Objects of Thought, Oxford University Press, 2013, 182pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199682744.   Reviewed by Pierre Jacob, CNRS, Institut Jean Nicod, École Normale Supérieure The specific goal of Tim Crane's elegant and original book is to offer a fresh solution to the problem: how can some of our thoughts about non-existent objects be true and others false? As it turns out, Crane's solution is openly psychologistic: the book purports to offer piece-meal psychological explanations of why and how humans sometimes entertain true thoughts about non-existent objects. Furthermore, Crane's appeal to psychologism (or psychological explanation) shows up in two specific unexpected areas: in his own explanation of what domains of quantification are and in his metaphysical distinction between substantial and pleonastic (or non-substantial) properties and relations. This problem (henceforth, the problem of. . .

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