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 four main themes: method in the philosophy of mind; the metaphysics of mind; sense perception; and mental representation. 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.
Table of Contents
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
3. Method and Doctrine in Aristotle’s Natural Psychology: De anima II.5
Part II. Perception
4. Aristotle and Alexander of Aphrodisias on Sight as a Relative
5. Perceiving that We are Not Seeing and Hearing: Reflexive Awareness in Aristotle
Part III. Representation
6. Eidōla and Phantasmata in Aristotle: Two Senses of "Image" in Aristotelian Psychology
7. Aristotle and the Cartesian Theatre
Part IV. Intellect
8. Thinking Bodies: Aristotle on the Biological Basis of Human Cognition
9. The Nοῦς-Body Relationship in Aristotle’s De Anima
Part V. Hylomorphism
10. Aristotelian Dualism, Good; Aristotelian Hylomorphism, Bad
11. Hylomorphic Mental Causation
Jakob Leth Fink is Researcher in the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is the co-editor of Phantasia in Aristotle’s Ethics (2018) and editor of The Development of Dialectic from Plato to Aristotle (2012).
Pavel Gregoric is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Zagreb, Croatia. He is the author of Aristotle on the Common Sense (2007).