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6 - Cognitive Powers in John of La Rochelle’s Summa de anima

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 January 2023

Lydia Schumacher
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King's College London
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This chapter illustrates how the psychology of the Tractatus is incorporated into the Summa de anima and builds on the exposition of the Tractatus provided in Chapter 5 with a view to explaining how precisely John of La Rochelle conceived the operation of the senses and the human mind. The chapter argues that John used Avicenna to endorse an ‘active’ theory of cognition in which innate categories of the mind, later known as transcendentals, play a role in shaping human understanding of the senses, which nonetheless provide crucial material to be rendered intelligible.

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Human Nature in Early Franciscan Thought
Philosophical Background and Theological Significance
, pp. 166 - 181
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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