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Franz Brentano  (1838 - 1917)

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School of Franz BrentanoThe School of Franz Brentano (Nijhoff International Philosophy Series, Vol 52) by Liliana Albertazzi (Editor), Massimo Libardi (Editor), Roberto Poli (Editor) 

The School of Franz Brentano provides a fascinating picture of both the life and thought of Franz Brentano and his main pupils. The volume is divided into three sections, presenting: 1. a detailed reconstruction of Brentano's life and contributions to philosophy; 2. separate studies of Brentano's most important students (von Ehrenfels, Husserl, Marty, Meinong, Stumpf, and Twardowski); 3. separate studies of the main philosophical problems or areas of Brentano's writings. The book is the first wide reconstruction of Brentano's intellectual legacy, with topics such as philosophy of mind, ontology, philosophy of language, logic and theory of values.

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Brentano & Intentionality (Archived)
Franz Brentano (1838-1917), psychologist and philosopher, focused on the "intentionality" of mental states, by which he meant that thoughts are about their objects.


Brentano and Kafka (Archived)
Revised version of: "Kafka and Brentano: A Study in Descriptive Psychology", in Barry Smith (ed.), Structure and Gestalt: Philosophy and Literature in Austria-Hungary and Her Successor States, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1981, 113-61.

There is a narrow thread in the vast literature on Kafka which pertains to Kafka's knowledge of philosophy, and more precisely to Kafka's use in his fictional writings of some of the main ideas of Franz Brentano. Kafka attended courses in philosophy at the Charles University given by Brentano's students Anton Marty and Christian von Ehrenfels, and was for several years a member of a discussion-group organized by orthodox adherents of the Brentanian philosophy in Prague. The present essay summarizes what is known about Kafka's relations to the Brentanist movement. It draws on Brentanian ideas on the evidence of inner perception, on oblique consciousness, on active introspection, on correct and incorrect judgment, and on consciousness as a species of inner tribunal, in order to throw light on central features of Kafka's writings, including stylistic features...


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