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Sourcebook for the History of the Philosophy of Mind

Philosophical Psychology from Plato to Kant

  • Simo Knuuttila
  • Juha Sihvola
  • The first thematically structured sourcebook on the history of philosophy of mind covering developments from Plato to Kant

  • Expert commentary provided by prominent scholars on key texts and all texts are presented in new translations

  • Includes material on all of the main areas of Western philosophical psychology ?


Part of the Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind book series (SHPM, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Simo Knuuttila
    Pages 1-7
  3. The Soul as an Entity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Henrik Lagerlund, Juha Sihvola
      Pages 11-21
    3. Henrik Lagerlund
      Pages 23-35
  4. Sense Perception

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Miira Tuominen
      Pages 39-59
    3. Simo Knuuttila, Pekka Kärkkäinen
      Pages 61-79
    4. Tuomo Aho
      Pages 81-104
  5. Common Sense, Imagination, and Estimation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Miira Tuominen
      Pages 107-129
    3. Simo Knuuttila, Pekka Kärkkäinen
      Pages 131-145
    4. Lorenzo Casini
      Pages 147-156
  6. Sleep and Dreams

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Mika Perälä
      Pages 173-186
    3. Pekka Kärkkäinen
      Pages 187-193
    4. Tuomo Aho
      Pages 195-201
  7. Memory and Recollection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. David Bloch
      Pages 205-221

About this book


Fresh translations of key texts, exhaustive coverage from Plato to Kant, and detailed commentary by expert scholars of philosophy add up to make this sourcebook the first and most comprehensive account of the history of the philosophy of mind. Published at a time when the philosophy of mind and philosophical psychology are high-profile domains in current research, the volume will inform our understanding of philosophical questions by shedding light on the origins of core conceptual assumptions often arrived at before the instauration of psychology as a recognized subject in its own right.  

The chapters closely follow historical developments in our understanding of the mind, with sections dedicated to ancient, medieval Latin and Arabic, and early modern periods of development. The volume’s structural clarity enables readers to trace the entire progression of philosophical understanding on specific topics related to the mind, such as the nature of perception. Doing so reveals the fascinating contrasts between current and historical approaches. In addition to its all-inclusive source material, the volume provides subtle expert commentary that includes critical introductions to each thematic section as well as detailed engagement with the central texts. A voluminous bibliography includes hundreds of primary and secondary sources. The sheer scale of this new publication sheds light on the progression, and discontinuities, in our study of the philosophy of mind, and represents a major new sourcebook in a field of extreme importance to our understanding of humanity as a whole.​


Emotions in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy Imagination, Memory and Dreams Intellection and reasoning Medieval Future Contingents Medieval Trinitarian Logic Modality in Medieval Philosophy Perception in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy Philosophical Psychology Psychology in the history of philosophy Psychology of gender Psychology of language Soul–body relationship Will and choice

Editors and affiliations

  • Simo Knuuttila
    • 1
  • Juha Sihvola
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Systematic TheologyUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Department of History and EthnologyUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland

About the editors

Simo Knuuttila is Professor of Theological Ethics and the Philosophy of Religion at the University of Helsinki. His publications include Modalities in Medieval Philosophy (1993), Emotions in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (2006), and numerous articles on the history of modal theory, semantics and the philosophy of mind. He is also editor of many books on the history of philosophy. 

Juha Sihvola (died 2012) was Professor of General History at the University of Jyväskylä and Director of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies in 2004–2009. He published widely on ancient philosophy, its later influence and contemporary political issues. He was editor of many books on ancient philosophy.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sourcebook for the History of the Philosophy of Mind
  • Book Subtitle Philosophical Psychology from Plato to Kant
  • Editors Simo Knuuttila
    Juha Sihvola
  • Series Title Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies History Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-6966-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-024-0168-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-6967-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 746
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Mind
    Medieval Philosophy
    History of Psychology
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