Medieval philosophy and modern times


Medieval philosophy and modern times

edited by Ghita Holmström-Hintikka

(Synthese library, v. 288)

Kluwer Academic Publishers, c2000

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Includes bibliographical references and index



Modern developments in philosophy have provided us with tools, logical and methodological, that were not available to Medieval thinkers - a development that has its dangers as well as opportunities. Modern tools allow one to penetrate old texts and analyze old problems in new ways, offering interpretations that the old thinkers could not have known. But unless one remains sensitive to the fact that language has undergone changes, bringing with it a shift in the meaning of terminology, one can easily perpetrate an anachronism. Yet there is a growing need to bring modern tools and to bear on the struggle for greater understanding of the problems studied and the solutions found by the ancient scholars. If we remain sensitive to the dangers, this openness to new methods can be expected to widen our perspectives and deepen our knowledge of old material. The focus in the present volume is on problems in Medieval and contemporary philosophy of religion.


  • Preface. Reflections on the Structural Sources of Bonaventure's Itinerarium mentis in Deum
  • S.F. Brown. Omniscience and Incoherence
  • M. Martin. Religious Experience and Contemporary Models of the Mind
  • L. Haaparanta. Transcendental Elements in the Semantics of Crathorn
  • H. Kirjavainen. The Trinity and Positio Impossibilis: Some Remarks on Inconsistence
  • M. Yrjoensuuri. Saint Anselm's Proof: A Problem of Reference, Intentional Identity and Mutual Understanding
  • G. Klima. Remarks on Medieval Discussions of Religious Emotions
  • S. Knuuttila. Questions about a Question in Ockham
  • G. Holmstroem-Hintikka. Augustine's Two Wills and Two Goals: Some Applications of Holmstroem-Hintikka's Formal Theory
  • R. Saarinen. Pascal's Wager and Moral Tutiorism
  • I. Kantola. Certitude or Knowledge of God? Thirteenth-Century Augustinians and the Doctrine of Divine Illumination
  • S.P. Marrone. Lumen Medium. Henry of Ghent on the Accessibility of Theological Truths
  • R. Tyoerinoja. Index of Names.

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