William of Ockham (c.1287-1347) is known to be one of the major figures of the late Middle Ages. The scope and significance of his doctrine of human thought, however, has been a controversial issue among scholars in the last decade, and this book presents a full discussion of recent developments. Claude Panaccio proposes a richly documented and entirely original reinterpretation of Ockham's theory of concepts as a coherent blend of representationalism, conceptual atomism, and non reductionist nominalism, stressing in the process its special interest for current discussions in philosophy of mind and cognitive sciences.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Intuition, abstraction, and mental language; Intellectual acts; Concepts as signs; Connotative terms in mental language; The role of nominal definitions; Cognition and connotation; Concepts as similitudes; Logical concepts; The Meaning of words; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
Claude Panaccio is a Professor at the University of Quebec at Three Rivers, Canada.
PRIZE: Winner of the Canadian Philosophical Association's 2007 Book Prize