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One of only a few books on the medieval conception of the soul and the mind/body relation
The only volume that stresses the mind/body problem in the medieval tradition
Covers not only the Western but the Arabic and Jewish traditions
Contains essays of some of the best scholars in the field
Offers a thorough treatment of the internal senses
Forming the Mind deals with the internal senses, the mind/body problem and other problems associated with the concept of mind as it developed from Avicenna to the medical Enlightenment. The book collects essays from some of the foremost scholars in a relatively new and very promising field of research. It stresses how important and fruitful it is to see the time period between 1100 and 1700 as one continuous tradition, and brings together scholars working on the same issues in the Arabic, Jewish and Western philosophical traditions. In this respect, this collection opens up several new and interesting perspectives on the history of the philosophy of mind.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Arabic Philosophy - Early Modern Philosophy - Internal Senses - Jewish Philosophy - Medieval Philosophy - Mind/Body Problem - Philosophy of Mind - Spinoza - Thomas Aquinas - metaphysics
Introduction: The Mind/Body Problem and Late Medieval Conceptions of the Soul.- Memory and Recollection in IBN SÎNÂ’S and IBN Rushd’S Philosophical Texts Translated into Latin in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries: A Perspective on the Doctrine of the Internal Senses in Arabic Psychological Science.- Imagination and Experience in the Sensory Soul and Beyond: Richard Rufus, Roger Bacon & Their Contemporaries.- The Soul as an Entity: Dante, Aquinas, and Olivi.- Self-Knowledge and Cognitive Ascent: Thomas Aquinas and Peter Olivi on the KK–THESIS.- The Invention of Singular Thought.- John Buridan on the Immateriality of the Intellect.- How Matter Becomes Mind: Late-Medieval Theories of Emergence.- Passions and Old Men in Renaissance Gerontology.- Why Isn’t the Mind-Body Problem Medieval?.- Matter, Mind, and Hylomorphism in IBN Gabirol and Spinoza.- Cajetan and Suarez on Agent Sense: Metaphysics and Epistemology in Late Aristotelian Thought.- Is Descartes’ Body A Mode of Mind?.- Mind and Extension (Descartes, Hobbes, More).- Emotional Pathologies and Reason in French Medical Enlightenment.