Duns Scotuss Theory of Cognition

Hardcover | October 3, 2014

byRichard Cross

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Richard Cross provides the first complete and detailed account of Duns Scotus's theory of cognition, tracing the processes involved in cognition from sensation, through intuition and abstraction, to conceptual thought. He provides an analysis of the ontological status of the various mentalitems (acts and dispositions) involved in cognition, and a new account of Scotus on nature of conceptual content. Cross goes on to offer a novel, reductionist, interpretation of Scotus's view of the ontological status of representational content, as well as new accounts of Scotus's opinions onintuitive cognition, intelligible species, and the varieties of consciousness. Scotus was a perceptive but highly critical reader of his intellectual forebears, and this volume places his thought clearly within the context of thirteenth-century reflections on cognitive psychology, influenced as they were by Aristotle, Augustine, and Avicenna. As far as possible, Duns Scotus'sTheory of Cognition traces developments in Scotus's thought during the ten or so highly productive years that formed the bulk of his intellectual life.

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Richard Cross provides the first complete and detailed account of Duns Scotus's theory of cognition, tracing the processes involved in cognition from sensation, through intuition and abstraction, to conceptual thought. He provides an analysis of the ontological status of the various mentalitems (acts and dispositions) involved in cogni...

Richard Cross is the John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. Before that he was Tutorial Fellow in Theology at Oriel College, Oxford from 1993 to 2007, and Professor of Medieval Theology from 2007.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:October 3, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019968488X

ISBN - 13:9780199684885

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Sensation2. Intuitive cognition3. Abstractive cognition (1): abstraction and concept formation4. Abstractive cognition (2): intelligible species5. The ontological status of cognitive acts6. The production of cognitive acts7. The soul and its powers8. Semantic internalism and the grounds of intentionality9. Mental language and the nature of conceptual content10. The ontological status of mental contentConcluding remarks