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On the Content and Object of Presentations (German: Zur Lehre vom Inhalt und Gegenstand der Vorstellungen) is an 1894 book by the Polish philosopher Kazimierz Twardowski, a student of Franz Brentano.[1]


The philosopher Reinhardt Grossmann has observed that Twardowski's book greatly influenced the course of philosophy. Alexius Meinong adopted Twardowski's distinction between the individual mental act, its content and its object, and his contention that there are many objects of acts that do not exist. This helped Meinong to clearly separate presentations from the objects which they intend.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Grossmann 2005. p. 582.


  • Grossmann, Reinhardt (2005). Honderich, Ted. ed. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-926479-1. 

English translation[edit]

  • Kasimir Twardowski, On the Content and Object of Presentations. A Psychological Investigation, translation and introduction by Reinhardt Grossmann, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1977.

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