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Representation and Objects of Thought in Medieval Philosophy

The notions of mental representation and intentionality are central to contemporary philosophy of mind and it is usually assumed that these notions, if not originated, at least were made essential to the philosophy of mind by Descartes in the seventeenth century. The authors in this book challenge this assumption and show that the history of these ideas can be traced back to the medieval period. In bringing out the contrasts and similarities between early modern and medieval discussions of mental representation the authors conclude that there is no clear dividing line between western late medieval and early modern philosophy; that they in fact represent one continuous tradition in the philosophy of mind.
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Contents: Foreword; Introduction, Henrik Lagerlund; The terminological and conceptual roots of representation in the soul in late ancient and medieval philosophy, Henrik Lagerlund; Abstract truth in Thomas Aquinas, Robert Pasnau; Representation in scholastic epistemology, Martin Tweedale; Rethinking representation in the middle ages: a vade-mecum to mediaeval theories of mental representation, Peter King; William Ockham and mental language, Mikko YrjA nsuuri; The matter of thought, Calvin G. Normore; Objective being in Descartes: that which we know or that by which we know?, Deborah Brown; Index of names.

About the Author

Dr Henrik Lagerlund is Research Associate in the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge, UK. Henrik Lagerlund, Robert Pasnau, Martin Tweedale, Peter King, Mikko Yrjonsuuri, Calvin G. Normore,, Deborah Brown.


'The book offers a view of cutting-edge historiography about mental representation in the Middle Ages and beyond, and it is a valuable introduction to the theoretical issues. But it also raises points and problems which both historians and philosophers working on this subject cannot overlook.' Philosophy in Review

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