1st Edition

Encounters with Aristotelian Philosophy of Mind

Edited By Pavel Gregoric, Jakob Leth Fink Copyright 2021
    388 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    388 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This collection of essays engages with several topics in Aristotle’s philosophy of mind, some well-known and hotly debated, some new and yet to be explored. The contributors analyze Aristotle’s arguments and present their cases in ways that invite contemporary philosophers of mind to consider the potentials—and pitfalls—of an Aristotelian philosophy of mind.

    The volume brings together an international group of renowned Aristotelian scholars as well as rising stars to cover five main themes: method in the philosophy of mind, sense perception, mental representation, intellect, and the metaphysics of mind. The papers collected in this volume, with their choice of topics and quality of exposition, show why Aristotle is a philosopher of mind to be studied and reckoned with in contemporary discussions.

    Encounters with Aristotelian Philosophy of Mind will be of interest to scholars and advanced students of ancient philosophy and philosophy of mind.


    Pavel Gregoric and Jakob Leth Fink

    Part I. Methodology

    1. Δόξαι and the tools of dialectic in De anima I.1–3

    Colin Guthrie King

    2. In Search of the Essence of the Soul: Aristotle’s Scientific Method and Practice in De anima II.1–2

    Giulia Mingucci

    3. Method and Doctrine in Aristotle’s Natural Psychology: De anima II.5

    Robert Bolton

    Part II. Perception

    4. Aristotle and Alexander of Aphrodisias on Sight as a Relative

    Katerina Ierodiakonou

    5. Perceiving that We are Not Seeing and Hearing: Reflexive Awareness in Aristotle

    Pavel Gregoric

    Part III. Representation

    6. Eidōla and Phantasmata in Aristotle: Three Senses of "Image" in Aristotelian Psychology

    Filip Radovic

    7. Aristotle and the Cartesian Theatre

    Victor Caston

    Part IV. Intellect

    8. Thinking Bodies: Aristotle on the Biological Basis of Human Cognition

    Sophia Connell

    9. The Nοῦς-Body Relationship in Aristotle’s De Anima

    Robert Roreitner

    Part V. Hylomorphism

    10. Aristotelian Dualism, Good; Aristotelian Hylomorphism, Bad

    Howard Robinson

    11. Hylomorphic Mental Causation

    Christopher Shields


    Pavel Gregoric is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy in Zagreb, Croatia. He is the author of Aristotle on the Common Sense (2007) and the co-editor of Pseudo-Aristotle: De mundo (On the Cosmos). A Commentary (2021).

    Jakob Leth Fink is Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is the editor of Phantasia in Aristotle’s Ethics (2018) and The Development of Dialectic from Plato to Aristotle (2012).

    "The contributions are carefully crafted and lucidly written, while the antithetical positioning of the chapters...adds to the merits of this excellent volume." - Bryn Mawr Classical Review