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dc.contributor.authorTrapp, Michael Vannen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-06-03T08:02:32Z
dc.date.available2015-06-03T08:02:32Z
dc.date.issued2015-06-02en_US
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:5499en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/52901
dc.description.abstractIn his account of the intellectual cognition of singulars, Aquinas claims that the intellect cognizes singulars by way of mental images. Some recent commentators have claimed that Aquinas' appeal to mental images is inadequate to account for the intellectual cognition of singulars because mental images considered in terms of their qualitative character alone have content that is general and are, therefore, insufficient to determine reference to a singular. That is, if Aquinas takes mental images to refer to singulars because those singulars perfectly resemble the mental images, then his account is deficient. In my paper, I argue that the critical interpretation above is predicated on a misunderstanding of Aquinas regarding the intentionality of images. I investigate Aquinas' account of the intentionality of images in order to show that Aquinas understands the reference of mental images to be determined not by their qualitative character alone but also by the causal relation that obtains between the cognizer and a singular.en_US
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectAquinasen_US
dc.subjectcognitionen_US
dc.subjectdescriptivismen_US
dc.subjectmedieval philosophyen_US
dc.subjectreferenceen_US
dc.subjectsingular thoughten_US
dc.titleThomas Aquinas on the Nature of Singular Thoughten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentPhilosophyen_US
dc.description.degreeMAen_US
thesis.degree.nameMAen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophyen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairPitt, Joseph Cen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberOtt, Walter Richarden_US
dc.contributor.committeememberTrogdon, Kelly Griffithen_US


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