Forms of Representation in the Aristotelian Tradition. Volume Three: Concept Formation


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 final volume focuses on intellectual operations and analyses some of the most exciting issues pertaining to the conceptual representation of the external world. The contributions cover the historical traditions and their impact on contemporary philosophy of mind.
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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).
Christina Thomsen Thörnqvist and Juhana Toivanen


Introduction: Cognition and Conceptualisation in the Aristotelian Tradition
Sten Ebbesen and Pavel Gregoric

1 Aristotle’s Light Analogy in the Greek Tradition
Börje Bydén

2 Introducing the Maʿānī
David Bennett

3 Avicenna on the Semantics of Maʿnā
Seyed N. Mousavian

4 Avicenna on Talking about Nothing
Seyed N. Mousavian

5 Abstraction and Intellection of Essences in the Latin Tradition
Ana María Mora-Márquez

6 John of Jandun on How to Understand Many Things at the Same Time
Michael Stenskjær Christensen

7 Concept Empiricisms, Ancient and Modern
Alexander Greenberg

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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