Terence Parsons

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Terence Parsons
Born 1939
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Analytic philosophy
Doctoral advisor Jaako Hintikka
Doctoral students Edward N. Zalta
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Terence Parsons (born 1939) is an American contemporary philosopher of the analytic tradition. Parsons is also a Professor at UCLA in its Department of Philosophy.

Heavily influenced by Alexius Meinong, he wrote Nonexistent Objects (1980), which dealt with possible world theory in order to defend the reality of nonexistent objects.


  • Nonexistent Objects, Yale University Press, 1980.
  • Events in the Semantics of English, MIT Press, 1990.
  • Indeterminate Identity, Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Articulating Medieval Logic, Oxford University Press, 2014.

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