Alice Ragni

Johannes Clauberg and Meinong: Towards a Comparison

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Keywords: Being, Clauberg, Intelligible, Impossible Objects, Metaphysics, Ontology

This essay aims to make a preliminary and exploratory study of some differences between Meinong, and his Gegenstandstheorie, and the ontology of Johannes Clauberg (1622-1665), a German reformed philosopher belonging to the Schulmetaphysik tradition and the author of one of the most systematic treatises on ontology of his day. My main issue concerns the extension of the objects of science in question and the inclusion of impossible objects, as well as how to achieve this extension. Like Meinong, Clauberg regards impossible objects as the favoured place to put his doctrine to the test.

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