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 A core group of scholars of Greek, Latin and Arabic Aristotelianism collaborate with modern philosophers in editing unpublished texts and studying relevant themes across the boundaries.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.
For detailed information on the members of the research group, the sub-projects and main sections of the programme, academic partnerships and advisory board follow the links. Upcoming activities will be found in the column to the right.
Victor Caston, Professor of Philosophy and Classical Studies, University of Michigan.
The research programme includes a series of lectures primarily by the members of the research group and the members of the advisory board. The lectures, which all will be video recorded, will become available as they are produced. The latest video will always be shown above but for the previous ones - go to the R&R Lecture Series page.
[15 Mar 2017]
[20 Dec 2016]
[2 Dec 2016]
[23 Nov 2016]
Information about R&Rs conference for 2017 will be announced here later on.
Next R&R workshop will focus on the Arabic and Syriac De anima and take place April 28-29 2017.
Find here the latest publications from the researchers of Representation and Reality.
Representation and Reality is now recruiting several postdoctoral research fellows.