Characterized by many historically significant events, such as the invention of the printing press, the discovery of the New World, and the Protestant Reformation, the years between 1300 and 1600 are a remarkably rich source of ideas about the mind. They witnessed a resurgence of Aristotelianism and Platonism and the development of humanism. However, philosophical understanding of the complex arguments and debates during this period remain difficult to grasp.

Philosophy of Mind in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance provides an outstanding survey of philosophy of mind in this fascinating and still controversial period and examines the thought of figures such as Aquinas, Suárez, and Ficino.

Following an introduction by Stephan Schmid, thirteen specially commissioned chapters by an international team of contributors discuss key topics, thinkers, and debates, including:

  • mind and method,
  • the mind and its illnesses,
  • the powers of the soul,
  • Averroism,
  • intentionality and representationalism,
  • theories of (self-)consciousness,
  • will and its freedom,
  • external and internal senses,
  • Renaissance theories of the passions,
  • the mind–body problem and the rise of dualism, and
  • the ‘cognitive turn’.

Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of mind, medieval philosophy, and the history of philosophy, Philosophy of Mind in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance is also a valuable resource for those in related disciplines such as religion, literature, and Renaissance studies.

chapter |21 pages

Introduction to volume 3

Aristotelianism, Humanism, and Platonism – three pillars for thinking about the mind
ByStephan Schmid

chapter 1|19 pages

Mind and method

ByDominik Perler

chapter 3|20 pages

The soul and its parts

Debates about the powers of the soul
ByPaul J.J.M. Bakker

chapter 4|18 pages

Averroism and the metaphysics of intellect

ByJean-Baptiste Brenet

chapter 5|24 pages

The function of the intellect

Intentionality and representationalism
ByPaolo Rubini

chapter 6|19 pages

Late medieval theories of (self-)consciousness

BySonja Schierbaum

chapter 7|21 pages

Debates about the will and its freedom

BySydney Penner

chapter 8|20 pages

Late scholastic debates about external and internal senses

In the direction of Francisco Suárez (1548–1617)
ByDaniel Heider

chapter 9|22 pages

Renaissance theories of the passions

Embodied minds
BySabrina Ebbersmeyer

chapter 10|22 pages

Dualism and the mind-body problem

BySander W. de Boer

chapter 11|21 pages

The immortality of the soul

ByLorenzo Casini

chapter 12|20 pages

Late scholastics and Renaissance humanists on the passions in moral action

ByEileen C. Sweeney

chapter 13|21 pages

Renaissance facultative logic and the workings of the mind

The “cognitive turn”
ByMarco Sgarbi