Nineteenth Century Philosophy

Alexius Meinong

Who was Alexius Meinong?

Alexius Meinong (1853–1920) was born in Lemberg, Austria, and studied philosophy with Franz Brentano (1837–1917), who set him the task of reading David Hume (1711–1776). This resulted in two early books on Hume, the first on abstraction and the second on relation, which appeared as Hume-Studien in 1877 and 1882, respectively. Like Brentano, Meinong is considered an analytical phenomenologist. Unlike those phenomenologists in the so-called continental tradition, he applied the rigors of logic to introspection. He established the Institute of Psychology in Graz, Austria, where he was a professor. Meinong is best known for his theory of objects and values, and his principle publication is On Assumptions (1902).


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