Soul and Mind. Ancient and Medieval Perspectives on the “De anima”
By Marco Forlivesi
Conference Paper given at The De Wulf-Mansion Centre (2007)
Introduction: The year 2006 saw the fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of the oldest research centre created within the Institute of Philosophy of the Catholic University of Leuven: the De Wulf-Mansion Centre. Founded in 1956 by professors Giele, Van Breda, Van Steenberghen, and Verbeke, it was dedicated to two eminent figures of the Hoger Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte / Institut supérieur de philosophie of the Catholic University of Leuven: Maurice De Wulf, a renowned scholar in medieval philosophy, and Augustin Mansion, an outstanding expert in Aristotle’s thought.
In 1969, as a result of the division of the University of Leuven into two separate institutions, the De Wulf-Mansion Centre too was split in two bodies: the De Wulf-Mansioncentrum of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (at Leuven) and the Centre De Wulf-Mansion of the Université Catholique de Louvain (at Louvain-la-Neuve). The fiftieth anniversary of the De Wulf-Mansion Centre gave these two research centres the occasion to foster and organize a joint symposium devoted to Aristotle’s De anima and to the influences exerted by this text up to the Early Modern Period.