Franz Brentano on the Ontology of Mind

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 45 (4):627-644 (1985)
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This is a review article on Franz Brentano’s Descriptive Psychology published in 1982. We provide a detailed exposition of Brentano’s work on this topic, focusing on the unity of consciousness, the modes of connection and the types of part, including separable parts, distinctive parts, logical parts and what Brentano calls modificational quasi-parts. We also deal with Brentano’s account of the objects of sensation and the experience of time.

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Barry Smith
State University of New York, Buffalo
Kevin Mulligan
University of Geneva


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