Bernardo J. Canteñs

Meinong’s Theory of Objects and Suárez’s Beings of Reason

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Keywords: Meinong, Beings of Reason, Metaphysics, Non-existent Objects, Ontology, Suárez.

Alexius Meinong argued that the current branches of philosophy were not sufficiently expansive to cover all of the objects that needed to be studied and investigated by philosophy. He proposed a theory of Objects as a new discipline with a broad enough scope to include an infinitely large region of the objects of knowledge not currently covered by philosophy, namely, non-existing objects. This paper will critically examine and defend a consistent interpretation of Meinong’s theory of Objects as a new discipline that compliments metaphysics and elaborates a coherent philosophical framework for our understanding of non-existent objects. I conclude by comparing Meinong’s treatment of non-existent Objects with Francisco Suárez’s treatment of beings of reason.

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