Il problema delle relazioni. Mach e Meinong - Luca Guidetti - Vita e Pensiero - Articolo Filosofia Neo-Scolastica Vita e Pensiero

Il problema delle relazioni. Mach e Meinong

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issue RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA - 2021 - 4. Alexius Meinong and His Contemporaries
title Il problema delle relazioni. Mach e Meinong
The Problem of Relations. Mach and Meinong
Publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 03-2022
doi 10.26350/001050_000301
issn 0035-6247 (print) | 1827-7926 (digital)
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Meinong deals with the problem of relations by addressing the empiristic theory that dates back to Locke and Hume. He tries to overcome their psychological approach by framing the relations in logical-ontological terms and by identifying in them objects of a higher order which include non existing entities. This extension of objectivity highlights – in connection with Ehrenfels’ figural qualities – the formal properties of wholes as complexes that are superior  to the sum of their parts. According to Mach, however, not every complex has such qualities: there are sets of anti-figural relations, based on sensible elements, which do not show a synthetic-holistic character and are composed  only by logical sum. Mach promotes a concept of relation that goes beyond the premises of figural qualities, by proposing a notion of relation as a mathematical function establishing a genetic link of continuity between sensations and concepts, in line with Husserl’s phenomenology.


Mach, Meinong, Ontology, Relation, Function, Objectivity

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