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Meinong, Alexius (1853–1920)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DC053-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Meinong was an Austrian philosopher and psychologist who taught at the University of Graz. He contributed substantially to psychology, epistemology, value theory, ethics and probability theory, but is best known for his theory of objects, in which he advocates the radical view that there are objects which are wholly outside being, including impossible objects. Meinong influenced Russell and the American ‘new realists’. Though widely rejected, his views have proved difficult to refute decisively and he has found sympathetic support from a number of logicians and philosophers.

Citing this article:
Simons, Peter. Meinong, Alexius (1853–1920), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DC053-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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