Soul and Mind. Ancient and Medieval Perspectives on the “De anima”

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.

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