Cognitive Acts

Authored by: Giorgio Pini

The Routledge Companion to Medieval Philosophy

Print publication date:  January  2021
Online publication date:  January  2021

Print ISBN: 9780415658270
eBook ISBN: 9781315709604
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Seeing a color, hearing a sound, imagining a triangle, remembering a friend, thinking about apples: these are all instances of cognitive acts. In the later Middle Ages, the notion of cognitive act was an object of sustained scrutiny. In what follows, I first present the main assumptions that thirteenth- and fourteenth-century thinkers shared on this subject. Then, I consider five controversial issues. Many more issues and different ones might have been chosen, but I hope that the few I am going to mention will give some taste of the richness of the medieval debate about this topic.

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