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Continuity and Innovation in Medieval and Modern Philosophy: Knowledge, Mind and Language

John Marenbon


The usual division of philosophy into ‘medieval’ and ‘modern’ obscures the continuities in philosophy up until 1700. This book examines three areas where these continuities are particularly clear: knowledge, the mind, and language. It does so through three chapters, by different authors, each followed by a detailed response. The first chapter shows how Descartes attacked faculty psychology and thus separated himself from one strand of the medieval tradition, represented by Suárez. At the same time, Descartes was closely following another strand, found in Ockham. Thus, the discontinuity between ... More

Keywords: medieval, early modern, knowledge, mind, language, Aristotle, esotericism, faculty psychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780197265499
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265499.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Marenbon, editor
Trinity College, Cambridge