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Continuity and Innovation in Medieval and Modern Philosophy: Knowledge, Mind and Language

Continuity and Innovation in Medieval and Modern Philosophy: Knowledge, Mind and Language (Hardback)

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The usual division of philosophy into 'medieval' and 'modern' may obscure very real continuities in the ideas of thinkers in the western and Islamic traditions. This book examines three areas where these continuities are particularly clear: knowledge, the mind, and language. Dominik Perler shows how, when Descartes attacked faculty psychology, he was indeed separating himself from one strand of the medieval tradition, represented by Suarez, but at the same time he was closely following another strand, found in Ockham. Martin Lenz shows how Locke's philosophy of language fits into a long medieval tradition of thought based on Aristotle's On Interpretation. Locke introduced the requirement that a word be linked to an idea in the speaker's mind, but Lenz argues that this does not mean that Locke was proposing that we each have a private language. Robert Pasnau looks at an area where the continuity between the attitudes of, for instance, Aquinas and Locke contrasts with views generally held in

John Marenbon is Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer, Trinity College, Cambridge. He is the author of Boethius, among other titles

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