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Theories of Perception in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

  • Simo Knuuttila
  • Pekka Kärkkäinen

Part of the Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind book series (SHPM, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Eyjólfur Kjalar Emilsson
    Pages 23-33
  3. Håvard Løkke
    Pages 35-46
  4. Cristina D’Ancona
    Pages 47-71
  5. José Filipe Silva
    Pages 87-100
  6. Mikko Yrjönsuuri
    Pages 101-116
  7. Henrik Lagerlund
    Pages 117-130
  8. Robert Pasnau
    Pages 131-149
  9. Leen Spruit
    Pages 203-224
  10. Ralph Schumacher
    Pages 271-283
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 285-292

About this book


Sense perception is one of the classical themes in philosophy. It is traditionally considered a necessary preamble to many important topics, such as the mind-body relationship, consciousness, knowledge, and scepticism. Perception is also a phenomenon which itself raises philosophical questions, such as what is perceptible, what the content of perception is, whether this content is conceptual and how perception is related to epistemic attitudes. While the philosophy of mind and philosophical psychology are the main areas in which perception is dealt with in contemporary philosophy, it is also discussed in the theory of knowledge, cognitive science, philosophical aesthetics and metaphysics. In recent years, the rich tradition of various philosophical theories of perception has been increasingly studied by scholars of the history of philosophy of mind.

The aim of this collection is to shed light on the developments in the theories of sense-perception in medieval Arabic and Latin philosophy, their ancient background and traditional and new themes in early modern thought. Particular attention is paid to the philosophically significant parts of the theories. The articles concentrate on the so-called external senses and related themes. Many of the central ideas are discussed, although the collection is also meant to shed light on less studied subjects.


Aristotle Avicenna Plotin aesthetics history of philosophy metaphysics philosophy psychology time

Editors and affiliations

  • Simo Knuuttila
    • 1
  • Pekka Kärkkäinen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Systematic TheologyUniversity of HelsinkiFinland

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