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The Latin Tradition

Directed by C. Thörnqvist

The source material explodes in the Latin Middle Ages. It would make little sense to list all of the texts dealing with sense-perception and conceptualization and in fact it would also be impossible, since we have, as yet, no clear idea about what material lies hidden in manuscripts all over the world (the cataloguing activity of the editorial group has to reveal to us what material there is).

The first relevant works in the Aristotelian tradition appear already in the late 12th century (Gundissalinus, John Blund). We find a considerable number of treatises and commentaries on De Anima, only some of which have been edited, Thomas Aquinas’ for instance, whereas other important authors remain unedited, not to mention a considerable number of anonymous commentaries. There are fewer commentaries on the Parva Naturalia, but still a considerable number from the 13th century and onwards (at least ten un-edited anonymous ones).

The amount of texts on the Organon, Ethics and Metaphysics is vast, much is still un-edited (Buridan’s commentary on Posterior Analytics to mention just one prominent example). As with the Arabic tradition, previous research has privileged questions concerning intellectual cognition at the expense of sense-perception and questions about veridicity

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