Intentionality, Cognition, and Mental Representation in Medieval Philosophy

2015.09.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Gyula Klima (ed.), Intentionality, Cognition, and Mental Representation in Medieval Philosophy, Fordham University Press, 2015,
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2015.09.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Gyula Klima (ed.), Intentionality, Cognition, and Mental Representation in Medieval Philosophy, Fordham University Press, 2015, 359pp., $40.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780823262755. Reviewed by Dominik Perler, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin It is well known that Franz Brentano took his inspiration from scholastic authors when he presented his famous thesis that all mental phenomena differ from physical phenomena because of their intentionality. It is therefore tempting to return to these authors in order to see how they worked out an account of the mental by referring to the feature of intentionality. However, this would hardly be an adequate approach. First of all, it is important to see that scholastic philosophers ascribed intentionality to all kinds of phenomena, including purely physical ones. Thus, they talked about the intentionality of fire that is directed toward the ignition of a piece of wood or about the. . .

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