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Memory and Recollection in the Aristotelian Tradition
Essays on the Reception of Aristotle’s De memoria et reminiscentia

V. Decaix, C. Thomsen Thörnqvist (eds.)
approx. 260 p., 156 x 234 mm, 2021
ISBN: 978-2-503-59312-8
Languages: English, French
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Aristotle’s De memoria et reminiscentia (“On Memory and Recollection”) is the oldest surviving systematic study of the nature of human memory.

Aristotle’s De memoria et reminiscentia (“On Memory and Recollection”) is the oldest surviving systematic study of the nature of human memory. Forming part of Aristotle’s other minor writings on psychology that were intended as a supplement to his De anima (“On the Soul”) and known under the collective title Parva naturalia, Aristotle’s De memoria et reminiscentia gave rise to a vast number of commentaries in the Middle Ages. The present volume offers new knowledge on the medieval understanding of Aristotle’s theories on memory and recollection across the linguistic traditions including the Byzantine Greek, Latin and Arabic reception.

Véronique Decaix is Associate Professor in Medieval Philosophy at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her research focus is on psychology during the Middle Ages, precisely on intentionality in cognitive processes such as sensation, memory, dream and intellection. In 2017-2019, she led the research project MEMORIA on ancient and medieval theories on memory. She has been awarded with a project on “The ontology of the memory-object in the Latin Medieval Commentaries on Aristotle’s De memoria and reminiscentia” by the Institut Universitaire de France (2020-2025).

Christina Thomsen Thörnqvist is professor of Latin (University of Gothenburg) and specializes on the Latin reception of Aristotle’s syllogistic theory and his natural philosophy. She is currently leading two major research projects, one on the Greek, Latin and Arabic reception of Aristotle’s Parva naturalia (Representation and Reality 2013-2019) and one on the Latin reception of the Topics and Prior Analytics (Filling the Gap: Medieval Aristotelian Logic 1240–1360 2019–2024).

Interest Classification:
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history

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