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.
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).
Preface 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.