Ancient and Medieval Theories of Intentionality

Ancient and Medieval Theories of Intentionality

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 350 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 27.43mm | 788g
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English
  • 9004122958
  • 9789004122956
  • 2,342,417

Table of contents


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 (Universitat Tubingen):
"Intentionalitat und phantasia bei Aristoteles"
5. Hermann Weidemann (Universitat Munster):
"War Aristoteles ein Reprasentationalist?"
6. Richard Sorabji (King's College, London):
"Why the Neoplatonists Did not Have Intentional Objects of Intellection"
7. Dominic O'Meara (Universite 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 (Universitat Hamburg):
"Aquinas on phantasia"
10. Claude Panaccio (Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres):
"Aquinas on Intellectual Representation"
11. Dominik Perler (Universitat 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. Joel Biard (Universite de Tours):
"Intention et presence: la notion de presentialitas au XIVe siecle"
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 (Universite de Paris IV):
"Intentional Thoughts and Proto-Thoughts"

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'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.
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About Dominik Perler

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), Reprasentation bei Descartes (1996), and Occasionalismus. Theorien der Kausalitat im arabisch-islamischen und im europaischen Denken (with U. Rudolph, 2000).
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