The Inner Cathedral: Mental Architecture in High Scholasticism

Vivarium 46 (3):253-274 (2008)
Abstract
Contemporary philosophy of mind is much concerned with issues pertaining to ‘mental architecture’ — describing how mental processes are organized, typically by identifying sub-personal functional mechanisms which causally interact, often through the intermediary of a mental representation, thereby giving rise to psychological phenomena. Such internal mental mechanisms can be quite low-level and operate with a degree of relative independence; if so, they may be considered ‘modules’ or minimal centres of mental activity. A module or a set of modules may be specific to a given domain of phenomena, e. g. only processing visual data. The way in which a set of mental modules is arrayed makes up the architecture of the mind, offering structure to ‘inner space’. The detailed structural articulation of the mind offers psychological theories some traction on the slippery realm of the mental.
Keywords MEDIEVAL PSYCHOLOGY   OCKHAM   SCOTUS   AQUINAS   MENTAL FACULTIES   WILL
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