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Lecture no. 10: Priest on Imagination, Non-existance, Impossibility

About the talk

Imagination is one of the most important human mental abilities and a requisite for excercising a lot of our activities.

However, imagination is quite problematic; it is possible to think about things that do not exist. Not only is it possible to think about things that, contingently, do not exist but, even worse, things that cannot possibly exist!

Professor Graham Priest (City University of New York) explains that medieval logicians had a number of thoughts and solutions to these problems, that are still puzzling today. He explains some of their views and argues that we still have things to learn from them. Actually, they would, if they would have been here today, have found great help in the advancements that has been made in logic since their time for elaborating their own views even further.

By watching professor Priest's lecture you will also learn about the non-existing planet Vulcan and why Alexius Meinong's logic is more common sensical and sane than that of Bertrand Russell and W. V. Quine even though many believe it to be the other way around.

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