Existence and Non-Existence

Campus: 
Budapest
Academic Year: 
2019-2020
Term: 
Fall
Credits: 
2.0
ECTS Credits: 
4.0
Course Description: 

This course will investigate existence, non-existence and being, which touch on their relationship with the philosophy of language and mind, as well as with metaphysics. To begin with, we will look at some of the history of the idea of existence in philosophy, and how it relates to the idea of being. We will examine and criticise the dominant classical 20th century conception of existence which derives from Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell and WV Quine, which links existence with what is expressed by certain quantified formulae. The course will then examine relationship between existence and non-existence; or, rather, it will examine claims about non-existence and how we should understand them, and it will attempt locate the significant of this question within a broader account of mind and language.

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