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Mental Representation in Medieval Philosophy

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[Revised entry by Henrik Lagerlund on September 7, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The notions of mental representation and intentionality are intrinsically related in contemporary philosophy of mind, since it is usually thought that a mental state has content or is about something other than itself due to its representational nature. These notions have a parallel history in medieval philosophy as well, but it has been intentionality that has attracted medieval scholars' attention (for example, in Knudsen 1982, Pasnau 1997, Perler 2001 and Perler 2002). There have only been a few studies on mental representation (Tweedale 1990, Pasnau 1997, King 2007 and Lagerlund...

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