Representation and Scepticism from Aquinas to Descartes

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2017.12.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Han Thomas Adriaenssen, Representation and Scepticism from Aquinas to Descartes, Cambridge University Press, 2017, 279pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107181625. Reviewed by Dominik Perler, Humbolt-Universität zu Berlin It has often been argued that many early modern philosophers were deeply concerned about the "veil of ideas" problem. How can we ever have cognitive access to things in the material world if the only objects we immediately apprehend are ideas in our mind? Aren't material things hidden behind this veil of ideas? Medieval philosophers seem to have discussed a similar problem, which might be called the "veil of species" problem. How can we ever cognize material things if the only objects we immediately apprehend are intelligible species in our intellect? Can we ever go beyond species and grasp the material things themselves? At first sight, it looks as if early modern authors simply rephrased the. . .

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