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Aquinas on Mind

Topics in Medieval Philosophy

By Sir Anthony Kenny

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Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 September 1994
Aquinas' mature works, though theological in intent, contain much material which is philosophical in the sense that it is not in any way dependent on beliefs which are specifically Christian. His philosophical psychology, or philosophy of mind, was not taken seriously by secular thinkers, with one or two exceptions, from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries because of the dominance of ideas deriving from Descartes. In the present century many philosophers have come to regard the Cartesian system as quite exploded, and it can now be seen that Aquinas' philosophy of mind has a great contemporary interest and is indeed one of the best options in this area from any period. This book makes accessible those parts of Aquinas' system which are of enduring value. The kernel of the work is a close reading of the sections of the Summa Theologiae which are devoted to human intellect and will and to the relationship between soul and body. It presupposes no knowledge of Latin or of medieval history, and relates Aquinas' system to a tradition of philosophy of mind inaugurated in the Anglo-American community by Wittgenstein and Ryle. Anthony Kenny is unusually qualified to bring together the medieval and modern philosophical insights, since he was trained in scholastic philosophy at the Gregorian University in Rome and has taught analytic philosophy in Oxford for many years.

Table of Contents

Preface Abbreviations 1. Why read Aquinas? 2. Mind and metaphysics 3. Perception and imagination 4. The nature of the intellect 5. Appetite and will 6. The freedom of the will 7. Sense, imagination and intellect 8. Universals of thought 9. Knowledge of particulars 10. Self-knowledge 11. The nature of the Soul 12. Mind and body Notes Further reading Index

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""Aquinas on Mind is an excellent introduction to the init ially strange 'medieval' pursuit of the understanding of understanding.... the work serves well as a pedagogical vehicle for for teaching aquinas to undergraduate students of philosophy and theology. A good number of Aquinas's qouted texts are given in the original Latin in endnotes for the more advanced student, with a modest bibliography (and index) for further research on the topic.."-"Canadian Philosophical Reviews ""Aquinas on Mind brings out the depth and interest of the texts it discusses and should thus bring St. Thomas back into the centre of an extremely important debate which of course has ramifications well beyond the boundaries of academic philosophy."-"The Tablet

EAN: 9780415113069
ISBN: 0415113067
Publisher: Routledge
Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.8 centimetres (0.26 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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