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The research programme Representation and Reality

The research programme Representation and Reality. Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Aristotelian Tradition is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond for the period 2013–2019 and hosted by the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg.

The ancient and medieval Aristotelians were as interdisciplinary as contemporary cognitive scientists. They distinguished carefully between psychology and logic but relied on both disciplines for a full picture of human thought. Modern history of philosophy is highly specialized. There are plenty of brilliant studies on psychological and logical themes, but many are hemmed in by the disciplinary boundaries and miss the full picture. In addition, the fact that numerous texts have received little if any attention makes it hard to follow the development of premodern cognitive theory through all its stages and to see to what extent it actually survived the 17th-century onset of modern philosophy.

”Representation and Reality” aims at a fuller picture of premodern cognitive theory in the area from sense-perception to conceptualization. A core group of scholars of Greek, Latin and Arabic Aristotelianism collaborate with modern philosophers in editing unpublished texts and studying relevant themes across the boundaries. Within the framework of the programme, the results of the seven sub-projects will be synthesized and brought to bear on contemporary theory.

Please see the web page representationandreality.gu.se

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