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Universality and Immateriality (2015)


This paper argues that Aquinas’ account of singular sensory and universal intellectual representation, crucial in one of his main arguments for the immateriality of the intellect, is reasonably defensible against such later critics as Scotus, Ockham and Buridan. As careful analysis of Buridan’s own account shows, it undermines both Scotus’ and Ockham’s, while along with Sutton’s plausible explication of the part of Aquinas’ doctrine Buridan also subscribes to, it actually commits Buridan to the main implication of Aquinas’ argument he criticized, namely, that the materiality of any cognitive representation implies its singularity (whence, by contraposition, the universality, i.e., the non-singularity of intellectual representation implies its immateriality).

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Authors & Contributors
Adams, Marilyn McCord
Nauta, Lodi
Donati, Silvia
Marenbon, John
Woods, John
Gabbay, Dov M.
Vivarium: Journal for Mediaeval Philosophy and the Intellectual Life of the Middle Ages
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Philosophical Topics
Renaissance Quarterly
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Pontificia Università della Santa Croce
Linguistics; philology
Ockham, William of
Buridan, Jean
Duns Scotus, Johannes
Burley, Walter
Albertus Magnus
Thomas Aquinas, Saint
Time Periods
14th century
13th century
12th century
15th century
Université de Paris

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