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Subjectivity and Selfhood in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

  • Jari Kaukua
  • Tomas Ekenberg


  • Offers a new perspective on historical discussions of human subjectivity and agency

  • Bridges the gap between medieval and early modern philosophy

  • Combines discussions from both the Latin and the Arabic traditions


Part of the Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind book series (SHPM, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jörg Alejandro Tellkamp
    Pages 109-123
  3. Colin Chamberlain
    Pages 219-234
  4. Sebastian Bender
    Pages 263-275
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 291-295

About this book


This book is a collection of studies on topics related to subjectivity and selfhood in medieval and early modern philosophy. The individual contributions approach the theme from a number of angles varying from cognitive and moral psychology to metaphysics and epistemology. Instead of a complete overview on the historical period, the book provides detailed glimpses into some of the most important figures of the period, such as Augustine, Avicenna, Aquinas, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz and Hume. The questions addressed include the ethical problems of the location of one's true self and the proper distribution of labour between desire, passion and reason, and the psychological tasks of accounting for subjective experience and self-knowledge and determining different types of self-awareness.


Augustine on second-order desires and passions personhood rational agency reflexivity self-awareness selfhood

Editors and affiliations

  • Jari Kaukua
    • 1
  • Tomas Ekenberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Social Sciences and PhilosUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

About the editors

Jari Kaukua is an Academy of Finland research fellow at the University of Jyväskylä. An expert in classical and post-classical Arabic philosophy, he is the author of Self-Awareness in Islamic Philosophy (Cambridge University Press), and has published a number of articles in leading journals of medieval philosophy, including Vivarium and Documenti e studi sulla tradizione filosofica medievale. Tomas Ekenberg is a docent of theoretical philosophy at Uppsala University, Sweden. He specializes in early medieval metaphysics, theories of action and philosophical psychology and their origins in late ancient thought. He has published several articles about Anselm of Canterbury and Augustine of Hippo. Among his recent publications is a contribution to the anthology Augustine's Confessions: Philosophy in Autobiography, edited by William Mann (OUP 2014).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Subjectivity and Selfhood in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy
  • Editors Jari Kaukua
    Tomas Ekenberg
  • Series Title Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies History Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-26912-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-80041-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-26914-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 295
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Philosophy
    Medieval Philosophy
    Philosophy of Mind
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“This is a collection of essays presented at a conference held at the University of Uppsala in August 2012 entitled ‘Subjectivity, Selfhood, and Agency in the Arabic and Latin Traditions.’ … Any scholar of medieval or early modern epistemology or philosophy of mind would be well-served by a careful reading of these papers.” (Eric Hagedorn, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews,, September, 2016)