Forms of Representation in the Aristotelian Tradition. Volume Two: Dreaming


The trilogy Forms of Representation in the Aristotelian Tradition investigates how Aristotle and his ancient and medieval successors understood the relation between the external world and the human mind. It gives an equal footing to the three most influential linguistic traditions – Greek, Latin, and Arabic – and offers insightful interpretations of historical theories of perception, dreaming, and thinking. This second volume focuses on dreaming and analyses some of the most prominent problems connected to dreams as representations. The contributions in this volume address the core Aristotelian texts and their reception, up to and including contemporary scientific discourse on dreaming.
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Christina Thomsen Thörnqvist (Ph.D. 2001) is Professor of Latin at the University of Gothenburg. She has published extensively on the Latin reception of Aristotle’s syllogistic theory and more recently also on the medieval reception of Aristotle’s Parva naturalia.

Juhana Toivanen (DSocSc 2009) is an Academy Research Fellow at the University of Jyväskylä. He has published widely on medieval philosophical pscyhology and political philosophy, including monographs Perception and the Internal Senses (2013) and The Political Animal in Medieval Philosophy (2021).

Introduction: Sleeping and Dreaming in Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition
Pavel Gregoric and Jakob Leth Fink

1 Aristotle and Michael of Ephesus on the Deceptive Character of Dreams
Pavel Gregoric

2 Aristotle on Signs in Sleep: Natural Signification and Dream Interpretation
Filip Radovic

3 Avicenna’s Dreaming in Context
David Bennett

4 Averroes on Divinatory Dreaming
Rotraud Hansberger

5 How Dreams Are Made: Some Latin Medieval Commentators on Dream Formation in Aristotle’s De insomniis
Christina Thomsen Thörnqvist

6 What Does a Scholastic Philosopher Do When He Disagrees with Aristotle? Commentaries on Aristotle’s Divination in Sleep
Sten Ebbesen

7 The Ghost of Aristotle in Medieval, Modern, and Contemporary Accounts of Delusional Dreaming
Filip Radovic

Scholars and advanced students with a particular interest in the history of philosophy, the history of science, and the reception of Aristotle’s psychology.
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