1st Edition

The Act and Object of Judgment Historical and Philosophical Perspectives

Edited By Brian Ball, Christoph Schuringa Copyright 2019
    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book presents 12 original essays on historical and contemporary philosophical discussions of judgment. The central issues explored in this volume can be separated into two groups namely, those concerning the act and object of judgment. What kind of act is judgment? How is it related to a range of other mental acts, states, and dispositions? Where and how does assertive force enter in? Is there a distinct category of negative judgments, or are these simply judgments whose objects are negative? Concerning the object of judgment: How many objects are there of a given judgment? One, as on the dual relation theory of Frege and Moore? Or many as in Russell’s later multiple relation theory? If there is a single object, is it a proposition? And if so, is it a force-neutral, abstract entity that might equally figure as the object of a range of intentional attitudes? Or is it somehow constitutively tied to the act itself? These and related questions are approached from a variety of historical and contemporary perspectives. This book sheds new light on current controversies by drawing on the details of the distinct intellectual contexts in which previous philosophers’ positions about the nature of judgment were formulated. In turn, new directions in present-day research promise to raise novel interpretive prospects and challenges in the history of philosophy.


    Brian Ball

    1. Affirmation, Judgment, and Epistemic Theodicy in Descartes and Spinoza

    Martin Lin 

    2. Locke and Leibniz on Judgment: the First-Person Perspective and the Danger of Psychologism

    Maria van der Schaar

    3. Kant’s Logic of Judgment: Against the Relational Approach

    Alexandra Newton

    4. Time and Modality in Hegel’s Account of Judgment

    Paul Redding

    5. Bolzano’s Theory of Judgment

    Mark Siebel

    6. Correctness First: Brentano on Judgment and Truth

    Mark Textor

    7. Judgment, Reasons and Feelings

    Simon Blackburn

    8. Twardowski on Judgment

    Peter Simons

    9. Attitudinal Objects: their Ontology and Importance for Philosophy and Natural Language Semantics

    Friederike Moltmann

    10. About vs Concerns

    Daniel Morgan

    11. Predication and Two Concepts of Judgment

    Indrek Reiland

    12. How is Logical Inference Possible?

    Christopher Peacocke


    Brian Ball is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at New College of the Humanities, London, and Associate Member of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford; he was previously Lecturer in Philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford (2014–2016), and at St Anne’s College, Oxford (2008–2014). He works in the philosophies of mind and language, epistemology, and metaphysics, and has published papers in these areas in journals including Analysis, Erkenntnis, Mind and Language, Philosophical Psychology, and Philosophical Quarterly.

    Christoph Schuringa is Lecturer in Philosophy at New College of the Humanities, and has recently been a visiting scholar at the Universities of Leipzig and Pittsburgh. He works in the history of German philosophy and in practical philosophy, and has published in journals including History of Philosophy Quarterly and International Yearbook of Hermeneutics.