Concept and Judgment in Brentano's Logic Lectures

Analysis and Materials


Concept and Judgment in Brentano's Logic Lectures is concerned with a crucial aspect of Brentano's philosophy as it was developed in his logic lectures from c. 1870 to c. 1885. The first part of the volume is an analysis of his theory of concept and judgment. The second part consists of materials, including a German edition and English translation of notes that a student took from a lecture course that Brentano gave. A short book by this student on Brentano is also translated in the materials.

The access to Brentano's philosophy is enhanced by this volume not only with regard to his logic as a theory of deductive inference, but also to his descriptive psychology, metaphysics, and philosophy of language.

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Robin D. Rollinger is employed as a research fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He has published numerous studies in phenomenology and has edited two volumes of writings by Edmund Husserl.



1 The Neo-Scholastic Background
 1  The Tasks of Logic
 2  Concept
 3  Judgment
 4  Syllogism
 5  Concluding Remarks

2 Definition and Value of Logic
 1  The Relevant Manuscripts
 2  Logic as the Art of Judging
 3  Logic, Psychology, and Philosophy
 4  The Value of Logic
 5  Psychologism
 6  Language
 7  Dialectic
 8  Concluding Remarks

3 Concept
 1  Presentations and Names
 2  Distinctions among Concepts
 3  Distinctions among Modes of Presentation
 4  Distinctions among Names
 5  Relations among Presentations
 6  Definitions
 7  Concluding Remarks

4 Judgment
 1  Critique of Kant’s Table
 2  Complexity and Simplicity
 3  Form
 4  Form and Matter
 5  Intensity
 6  Motive
 7  Modality
 8  Statements
 9  Relations between Judgments
 10  Evidence
 11  Syllogism
 12  Concluding Remarks


Preparatory Note to Materials

5 Franz Hillebrand, Die elementare Logik und die in ihr nötigen Reformen nach den Vorlesungen des Dr. Franz Brentanos (Wintersemester 1884/85, Wien)

6 Franz Hillebrand, Elementary Logic and the Reforms Necessary in It according to the Lectures of Dr. Franz Brentano (Winter Semester 1884/85, Vienna)

7 Franz Hillebrand, The New Theories of Categorical Inferences (1891)

Concept and Judgment in Brentano's Logic Lectures will be of great interest to anyone interested in Brentano's philosophy and logic in the 19th century, but also to those concerned with the history of phenomenology.