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Author Boer, Sander Wopke de, author

Title The science of the soul : the commentary tradition on Aristotle's De anima, c. 1260-c. 1360 / sander W. de Boer
Published Leuven : Leuven University Press, 2013
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Series Ancient and Medieval Philosophy - Series 1 ; 46
Ancient and medieval philosophy. Series 1 ; 46
Contents Introduction -- Subject matter -- Status quaestionis -- Periodisation and sources -- A chronological list of consulted commentaries -- Orthography, punctuation and translations -- Overview -- The introduction of the De anima into the Latin West -- The soul as perfectio -- Avicenna's influence -- The soul as forma -- Immortal but not personal : radical Aristotelianism -- Formality and subsistence combined : Thomas Aquinas -- A substance, but also a form -- Unicity versus plurality of substantial form -- Methodological discussions -- The scientific Status of the scientia de anima -- Imperceptibility -- Simplicity -- Potentiality -- The study of the soul within natural philosophy -- Radulphus Brito against John of Jandun -- An increasing focus on the intellect -- The subject matter of the scientia de anima -- The soul as subject matter -- The ensouled body sub ratione anirnae as subject matter -- Leaving the subject matter undecided -- Summary -- The epistemic Status of the scientia de anima -- Unproblematic beginnings : Thomas Aquinas -- Certitude and nobility combined : Anonymus Van Steenberghen and Walter Burley -- Increasing difficulties : Anonymus Bazán, Radulphus Brito and John of Jandun -- The final stages : John Buridan and Nicole Oresme -- Conclusions -- The aristotelian definition of the soul -- Aristotle's definition of the soul -- Thomas Aquinas's views on the matter of the soul -- The Anonymi -- Fourteenth-century interpretations -- The substantiality of the soul -- The actuality of the body -- Can we perceive the identity of accidents? -- Thomas Aquinas -- Radulphus Brito -- John of Jandun -- John Buridan -- Excursus : condemnations and polemics -- Conclusions -- Substance, powers and acts -- A curious fourteenth-century thought experiment -- One soul or multiple souls? -- John Buridan's arguments against a plurality of souls -- Nicole Oresme's hesitation -- Summary -- The relation between the soul and its powers -- Arguments against a real distinction -- Arguments in favor of a real distinction -- Some preliminary conclusions -- The identification of the soul with its powers -- The soul's presence in the body -- From annulose to perfect animals -- Is the soul extended or not? -- The discussion of the soul's presence after Ockham -- Is the power of sight really present in the foot? -- From annulose animals to perfect animals -- From animal soul to human soul -- The intellective soul : material or immaterial? -- Epilogue and conclusions -- The fragile unity of the science of the soul -- Final conclusions -- Bibliography -- Manuscripts -- Published sources -- Secondary literature -- Index Codicum Manuscriptorum -- Index Nominum
Summary The transformation of the science of the soul between 1260 and 1360Aristotle''s highly influential work on the soul, entitled De anima, formed part of the core curriculum of medieval universities and was discussed intensively. It covers a range of topics in philosophical psychology, such as the relationship between mind and body and the nature of abstract thought. However, there is a key difference in scope between the socalled 'science of the soul'', based on Aristotle, and modern philosophical psychology. This book starts from a basic premise accepted by all medieval commentators, namely that
Notes Revision of the author's thesis (ph. D.), Radboud University Nijmegen
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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Subject Aristotle. De anima.
Philosophy of mind.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9461660782 (electronic bk.)
9789461660787 (electronic bk.)