Thinking, Concepts and Things: Walter Burley on the Formation of Concepts and Their Representational Function

Jakub Varga

Abstract


Late medieval philosopher Walter Burley (c. 1275–1344) understood thinking as a kind of change, namely passion (as opposed to action). Each so-called act of thinking has three main components, according to Burley: a thinking intellect, a concept and a thing thought about. This study aims to explore how Burley understood the last two of these components in relation to thinking. The first part will try to answer the question of concept formation. The second part will focus on the question of the intentionality of our thinking, i.e. the question of how we can say that our thinking is about something.

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Walter Burley, concepts, intentionality, medieval philosophy, perception, representation, thinking

https://doi.org/10.5817/pf17-2-1705

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