Mr Andreas De Jong


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I am a PhD Student in Philosophy at the University of Manchester. My project is to undermine the Quinean dictum for metaontology that everything exists. I do this by defending noneism: some objects do not exist. I defend this view for fictional objects, while arguing against fictionalism and fictional realism. My research centres on philosopy of language, metaphysics, and logic. 


I started my education at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam with a degree in Sociology in 2008 and started a second degree in Philosophy in 2010. In 2013, I started a Research Master Philosophy at Universiteit Utrecht, from which I graduated cum laude in 2015 on a dissertation entitled "Existence as a Negative Property", supervised by prof. Albert Visser and prof. Francesco Berto.

Areas of expertise

  • B Philosophy (General) - Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics, Logic, Philosophy of Fiction, Meinongianism, Metaontology, Fictionalism, Discourse Representation Theory, Modal Logic, Intentional Identity

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2015 - Master of Arts, Philosophy (Research), Utrecht University (2013 - 2015)
  • 2013 - Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. (2010 - 2013)
  • 2013 - Bachelor of Science, Sociology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. (2008 - 2013)

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