Irrelevance Logic

One of the pillars of Meingast’s Logic was his celebrated irrelevance logic, developed around 1895, in an attempt to systematize some of the bolder and more speculative metaphysical ideas he was espousing at that time. A key tenet of irrelevance logic was the much-debated principle of closure under irrelevance. The principle stated that if Q is […]

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Meingast – A Collector of Objects

A curious fact often overlooked by his biographers (but well-known among his contemporaries) was the delectation Meingast took in objects as such. This fervent appreciation of objects as such survived his shift from the naïve realism of his youth to the “infinite mirror realism” of his maturity, the doctrine of transcendental reality mirrored ad infinitum […]

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On Breakfast Cereals

A. L. Katz devotes some pages to an enigmatic, hastily scrawled remark in Meingast’s diary dated July 13, 1902:   “Müsl, Müsl, wie du mein Wesen verhedderst!”   After much deliberation and wringing of hands, Katz ascribes the umlaut to agitation, and renders the remark,  “Musil, Musil, how you misunderstand my nature!” –  a reflection, he […]

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Meingast’s Routine

I found an excerpt written by Alexandr (Shurik) Leonidovich Katz describing Meingast’s daily life in Graz: “Teaching obliga­tions claimed two to three hours a day, in which was included the lecture on classical pedagogy that he held twice weekly at the university. His remaining work hours were reserved for reading, the setting down on paper of […]

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