General Outline of the Project

The aim of this blog is to provide in one location answers and responses to the numerous questions and requests I get for information on the vis cogitativa according to Thomas Aquinas.

In the future I also hope to organize this material into more accessible and brief answers. The following is a draft of questions and articles which will be considered.  I hope the material on this blog is helpful to others interested in Thomas Aquinas’ philosophical anthropology.

1. On Sensiblia
2. On the Internal Sensorium
3. On the Estimative
4. On the Cogitative as a Faculty
5. On the Proper Object of the Cogitative
6. On the Operations of the Cogitative Generally considered
7. On the Operations of the Cogitative as Oriented to Sensation
8. On the Operations of the Cogitative as Oriented to Intellection
9. On the Cogitative and Linguistic Expression
10. On the Operations of the Cogitative as Oriented to Reason
11. On the Operations of the Cogitative as Oriented to Practical Reason
12. On the Cogitative and Prudence

This entry was posted in Abstraction, Avicenna, Cogitative, Imagination, Internal Sensorium, Prudence, Thomas Aquinas, Uncategorized by Daniel D. De Haan. Bookmark the permalink.

About Daniel D. De Haan

I am a graduate student at the Center for Thomistic Studies in Houston, TX, working on my doctorate in Medieval philosophy. My historical research focuses on the inner sense psychology of Thomas Aquinas, Avicenna, and Averroes, the commentary tradition on Aristotle's de Anima up to Aquinas, and the metaphysics of Avicenna and Thomas Aquinas. My research in contemporary issues has focused on attempts to integrate Thomistic philosophical anthropology with the insights of phenomenology and Wittgenstein, like one finds in the work of Karol Wojtyła, David Braine, Peter Geach, and Elizabeth Anscombe. I am also interested in philosophical problems prompted by neuroscience, especially concerning the compatibility of hylomorphism with neuroplasticity. I will be taking my doctoral comprehensive exams in the Spring of 2012 and I should be submitting my dissertation proposal by April 2012. I will be writing on the doctrine of being within Avicenna's Metaphysics of the Shifā and the introduction of modal logic into Aristotelian metaphysics. In 2010 I presented conference papers at the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, MI, at the University of Marquette, University of St. Thomas, and the Annual Conference of American Catholic Philosophical Association in Baltimore, MD. In March, 2011 I presented a paper on Addiction and Thomistic Anthropology at The Catholic University of America. This summer I will participating in the eight week University of Wisconsin-Madison's Intensive Arabic program, and the 2011 Thomistic Seminar hosted by the Witherspoon Institute at Princeton University. I will also be presenting a paper on the demonstrations for God's existence in Avicenna's Metaphysics of the Shifā' for the the Aquinas and the "Arabs" satellite session at the Annual ACPA meeting. I received the 2010 American Catholic Philosophical Association's Young Scholars Award for my paper: "Linguistic Apprehension as Incidental Sensation in Thomas Aquinas". This paper will be published in the Forthcoming: 2011, American Catholic Philosophical Association, Proceedings of the ACPA, Vol. 84.

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