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
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: Three 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
"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