The Language of Thought in Late Medieval Philosophy

Essays in Honor of Claude Panaccio

  • Jenny Pelletier
  • Magali Roques

Part of the Historical-Analytical Studies on Nature, Mind and Action book series (HSNA, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Magali Roques, Jenny Pelletier
    Pages 1-25
  3. Jenny Pelletier, Magali Roques
    Pages 27-36
  4. Ockham

  5. Ockham and His Contemporaries

  6. Ockham in His Broader Context

  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 437-437
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 453-463

About this book


This edited volume presents new lines of research dealing with the language of thought and its philosophical implications in the time of Ockham. It features more than 20 essays that also serve as a tribute to the ground-breaking work of a leading expert in late medieval philosophy: Claude Panaccio.

Coverage addresses topics in the philosophy of mind and cognition (externalism, mental causation, resemblance, habits, sensory awareness, the psychology, illusion, representationalism), concepts (universal, transcendental, identity, syncategorematic), logic and language (definitions, syllogisms, modality, supposition, obligationes, etc.), action theory (belief, will, action), and more.

A distinctive feature of this work is that it brings together contributions in both French and English, the two major research languages today on the main theme in question. It unites the most renowned specialists in the field as well as many of Claude Panaccio’s former students who have engaged with his work over the years. 

In furthering this dialogue, the essays render key topics in fourteenth-century thought accessible to the contemporary philosophical community without being anachronistic or insensitive to the particularities of the medieval context. As a result, this book will appeal to a general population of philosophers and historians of philosophy with an interest in logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics.


Ockham on Cognitive Habits Mental Language Causation and Externalism Nominalism History of logic History of cognitive psychology Fourteenth-century philosophy Auriol on Universal Concepts Causation, Resemblance, Similitudo Ockham and Intellectio Theory Ockham and Auriol on the Argument from Illusion Ockham’s Voluntarism Locutio angelica et langage mental Language of Thought in Buridan Pierre d’Ailly

Editors and affiliations

  • Jenny Pelletier
    • 1
  • Magali Roques
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Leuven – Research Foundation FlandersLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Hamburg – Laboratoire d’Etudes sur les Monothéismes (UMR 8485)HamburgGermany

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