Ancient and Medieval Theories of Intentionality


This volume analyses ancient and medieval theories of intentionality in various contexts: perception, imagination, and intellectual thinking. It sheds new light on classical theories (e.g. by Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas) and examines neglected sources, both Greek and Latin. It includes contributions by J. Biard, M. Burnyeat, V. Caston, D. Frede, R. Gaskin, E. Karger, C. Michon, D. O'Meara, C. Panaccio, R. Pasnau, D. Perler, Ch. Rapp, P. Simons, R. Sorabji, and H. Weidemann.

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Dominik Perler, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Basle (Switzerland), specializes in medieval and early modern philosophy. His publications include Der propositionale Wahrheitsbegriff im 14. Jahrhundert (1992), Repräsentation bei Descartes (1996), and Occasionalismus. Theorien der Kausalität im arabisch-islamischen und im europäischen Denken (with U. Rudolph, 2000).
'The book is a treasure trove of material related to intentionality: philosophical analysis, lists of important classical passages, commentaries on them, and many references to secondary sources…The book is extremely valuable for a study of intentionality…'
Elizabeth C. Shaw and staff, Review of Metaphysics, 2004.

1. Peter Simons (University of Leeds):
“Prolegomenon to an Adequate Theory of Intentionality (Natural or Otherwise)”

Ancient Theories

2. Victor Caston (University of California at Davis):
“Connecting Traditions: Augustine and the Greeks on the Problem of Intentionality”
3. Richard Sorabji (King’s College, London):
“Aristotle on Sensory Processes. A Reply to Myles Burnyeat”
4. Christof Rapp (Universität Tübingen):
“Intentionalität und phantasia bei Aristoteles”
5. Hermann Weidemann (Universität Münster):
“War Aristoteles ein Repräsentationalist?”
6. Richard Sorabji (King’s College, London):
“Why the Neoplatonists Did not Have Intentional Objects of Intellection”
7. Dominic O’Meara (Université de Fribourg):
“Why the Neoplatonists Had Intentional Objects”

Medieval Theories

8. Myles Burnyeat (University of Oxford):
“Aquinas on ‘Spiritual Change’ in Perception”
9. Dorothea Frede (Universität Hamburg):
“Aquinas on phantasia”
10. Claude Panaccio (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières):
“Aquinas on Intellectual Representation”
11. Dominik Perler (Universität Basel):
“What Are Intentional Objects? A Controversy among Early Scotists”
12. Richard Gaskin (University of Sussex, Brighton):
“Ockham on Mental Language, Connotation, and the Inherence Regress”
13. Joël Biard (Université de Tours):
“Intention et présence: la notion de presentialitas au XIVe siècle”
14. Elizabeth Karger (Paris, CNRS):
“Adam Wodeham on the Intentionality of Cognitions”
15. Robert Pasnau (University of Colorado, Boulder):
“Intentionality and Final Causes”
16. Cyrille Michon (Université de Paris IV):
“Intentional Thoughts and Proto-Thoughts”

All those interested in history of philosophy, intellectual history, philosophy of mind, as well as classical philologists and medievalists
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