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Knuuttila, Simo 1946-

Overview
Works: 95 works in 306 publications in 4 languages and 4,657 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Contributor, Other
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Most widely held works by Simo Knuuttila
Mind and modality : studies in the history of philosophy in honour of Simo Knuuttila by Toivo J Holopainen( )

15 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume offers a wide-ranging and profound collection of essays on philosophical psychology and conceptions of modality from antiquity to the present day, with some essays on the philosophy of religion as well. The contributions deal with mind's cognitive and emotional functions, the modal notions and the philosophical approaches to religion as well as logical, semantic and epistemological issues concerning them. Of twenty-one contributions, six focus on ancient thought, nine on medieval thought, and six on modern and contemporary thought. The book illustrates how philosophical theories of mind and modalities developed through the centuries in western philosophy. It is particularly useful for those interested in the analysis of emotions, their cognitive bearing and ethical significance
Emotions in ancient and medieval philosophy by Simo Knuuttila( Book )

34 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emotions are the focus of intense debate both in contemporary philosophy and psychology and increasingly also in the history of ideas. Simo Knuuttila presents a comprehensive survey of philosophical theories of emotion from Plato to Renaissance times, combining rigorous philosophical analysis with careful historical reconstruction. The first part of the book covers the conceptions of Plato and Aristotle and later ancient views from Stoicism to Neoplatonism and, in addition, their reception and transformation by early Christian thinkers from Clement and Origen to Augustine and Cassian. Knuuttila then proceeds to a discussion of ancient themes in medieval thought, and of new medieval conceptions, codified in the so-called faculty psychology from Avicenna to Aquinas, in thirteenth century taxonomies, and in the voluntarist approach of Duns Scotus, William Ockham, and their followers. - Publisher
Theories of perception in medieval and early modern philosophy by Simo Knuuttila( )

18 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection sheds light on the developments in the theories of sense-perception in medieval Arabic and Latin philosophy, their ancient background and traditional and new themes in early modern thought
The Logic of being : historical studies by Simo Knuuttila( Book )

16 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last twenty years have seen remarkable developments in our understanding of how the ancient Greek thinkers handled the general concept of being and its several varieties. The most general examination of the meaning of the Greek verb 'esti'/'einai'/'on' both in common usage and in the philosophical literature has been presented by Charles H. Kahn, most extensively in his 1973 book The Verb 'Be' in Ancient Greek. These discussions are summarized in Kahn's contribution to this volume. By and large, they show that conceptual schemes by means of which philosophers have recently approached Greek thought have not been very well suited to the way the concept of being was actually used by the ancients. For one thing, being in the sense of existence played a very small role in Greek thinking according to Kahn. Even more importantly, Kahn has argued that Frege and Russell's thesis that verbs for being, such as 'esti', are multiply ambiguous is ill suited for the purpose of appreciating the actual conceptual assumptions of the Greek thinkers. Frege and Russell claimed that a verb like 'is' or'esti' is ambiguous between the 'is' of identity, the 'is' of existence, the copulative 'is', and the generic 'is' (the 'is' of class-inclusion). At least a couple of generations of scholars have relied on this thesis and fre quently criticized sundry ancients for confusing these different senses of 'esti' with each other
Sourcebook for the history of the philosophy of mind : philosophical psychology from Plato to Kant by Simo Knuuttila( )

16 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fresh translations of key texts, exhaustive coverage from Plato to Kant, and detailed commentary by expert scholars of philosophy add up to make this sourcebook the first and most comprehensive account of the history of the philosophy of mind. Published at a time when the philosophy of mind and philosophical psychology are high-profile domains in current research, the volume will inform our understanding of philosophical questions by shedding light on the origins of core conceptual assumptions often arrived at before the instauration of psychology as a recognized subject in its own right. The chapters closely follow historical developments in our understanding of the mind, with sections dedicated to ancient, medieval Latin and Arabic, and early modern periods of development. The volumes structural clarity enables readers to trace the entire progression of philosophical understanding on specific topics related to the mind, such as the nature of perception. Doing so reveals the fascinating contrasts between current and historical approaches. In addition to its all-inclusive source material, the volume provides subtle expert commentary that includes critical introductions to each thematic section as well as detailed engagement with the central texts. A voluminous bibliography includes hundreds of primary and secondary sources. The sheer scale of this new publication sheds light on the progression, and discontinuities, in our study of the philosophy of mind, and represents a major new sourcebook in a field of extreme importance to our understanding of humanity as a whole"
Reforging the great chain of being : studies of the history of modal theories( Book )

17 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modalities in medieval philosophy by Simo Knuuttila( Book )

14 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies in modal notions, such as necessity, possibility or impossibility, have always played an important role in philosophical analysis. The history of these conceptions is a fascinating story of a variety of assumptions which have given shape to one part of rational discourse. A typical modern approach to modality is codified in what is generally known as possible worlds semantics. According to this view, necessity refers to what is actual in any alternative state of affairs, possibility to what is actual in some, and impossibility to what is not actual in any alternative domain. The idea of spelling out the meaning of modal terms with the synchronic alternatives hardly occurred at all in ancient thinkers. They did not draw any sharp distinction between conceptual and real modalities and they were inclined to think that all generic possibilities must prove their mettle through actualization. Why and when did ancient modal conceptions and the modes of thought based on them lose their dominance? The main thesis of this book is that the idea of modality as multiplicity of reference with respect to alternative domains emerged in early medieval discussions and that it was originally influenced by the theological conception of God acting by choice. After a discussion of ancient modal paradigms, the author traces the interplay of old and new modal views in medieval logic and semantics, philosophy and theology. A detailed account is given of late medieval discussions of the new modal paradigms and attempts to apply them to modal logic, epistemic logic, and the logic of norms. These theories show striking similarities to some basic tenets of contemporary approaches to modal matters. This work will thus be of considerable interest to historians of philosophy and ideas, and philosophers of intensional logic and metaphysics
Modern modalities : studies of the history of modal theories from medieval nominalism to logical positivism( Book )

12 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aristotle on modality and determinism by Jaakko Hintikka( Book )

9 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Methods of philosophy and the history of philosophy : proceedings of the Entretiens of Institute [sic] international de philosophie, Helsinki, August 27-30, 1995 by International Institute of Philosophy( Book )

12 editions published in 1996 in English and German and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theology and early modern philosophy (1550-1750) by ( Book )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Caritas Dei : Beiträge zum Verständnis Luthers und der gegenwärtigen Ökumene : Festschrift für Tuomo Mannermaa zum 60. Geburtstag( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in German and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern Modalities : Studies of the History of Modal Theories from Medieval Nominalism to Logical Positivism by Simo Knuuttila( )

2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The word "modem" in the title of this book refers primarily to post-medieval discussions, but it also hints at those medieval mo dal theories which were considered modem in contradistinction to ancient conceptions and which in different ways influenced philosophical discussions during the early modem period. The me dieval developments are investigated in the opening paper, 'The Foundations of Modality and Conceivability in Descartes and His Predecessors', by Lilli Alanen and Simo Knuuttila. Boethius's works from the early sixth century belonged to the sources from which early medieval thinkers obtained their knowledge of ancient thought. They offered extensive discus sions of traditional modal conceptions the basic forms of which were: (1) the paradigm of possibility as a potency striving to realize itself; (2) the "statistical" interpretation of modal no tions where necessity means actuality in all relevant cases or omnitemporal actuality, possibility means actuality in some rel evant cases or sometimes, and impossibility means omnitemporal non-actuality; and (3) the "logical" definition of possibility as something which, being assumed, results in nothing contradic tory. Boethius accepted the Aristotelian view according to which total possibilities in the first sense must prove their met tle through actualization and possibilities in the third sense are assumed to be realized in our actual history. On these presump tions, all of the above-mentioned ancient paradigms imply the Principle of Plenitude according to which no genuine possibility remains unrealized
Reforging the Great Chain of Being : Studies of the History of Modal Theories by Simo Knuuttila( )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sports reporter might say that in a competition all the participants realize their potentialities or possibilities. When an athlete performs far below his usual standard, it can be said that it was possible for him to do better. But the idea of fair play requires that this use of 'possible' refers to another com petition. It is presumed that the best athlete wins and that no real possibility of doing better is left unrealized in a competition. Here we have a use of language, a language game, in which modal notions are used so as to imply that if something is possible, it is realized. This idea does not belong to the general presuppositions of current ordinary usage. It is, nevertheless, not difficult to fmd other similar examples outside of the language of sports. It may be that such a use of modal notions is sometimes calculated to express that in the context in question there are no real alternative courses of events in contradistinction to other cases in which some possible alternatives remain unrealized. Even though modal notions are currently interpreted without the presup position that each genuine possibility should be realized at some moment of the actual history, there are contemporary philosophical models of modalities which incorporate this presupposition. In his book Untersuchungen tiber den Modalkalkiil (Anton Hain, Meisenheim am Glan 1952, pp. 16-36), Oscar Becker presents a statistical interpretation of modal calculi
Knowledge and the sciences in medieval philosophy : proceedings of the Eighth International Congress of Medieval Philosophy (SIEPM), Helsinki, 24-29 August 1987 by International Congress of Medieval Philosophy( Book )

11 editions published in 1990 in 3 languages and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Knowledge and the sciences in medieval philosophy : proceedings of the Eighth International Congress of Medieval Philosophy (S.I.E.P.M.) by Congrès international de philosophie médiévale( Book )

in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theology and early modern philosophy : (1550-1750)( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Knowledge and the sciences in medieval philosophy : proceedings of the Eighth International Congress of Medieval Philosophy (S.I.E.P.M.) by Congrès international de philosophie médiévale( )

in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Mind and modality : studies in the history of philosophy in honour of Simo Knuuttila
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Emotions in ancient and medieval philosophyTheories of perception in medieval and early modern philosophyThe Logic of being : historical studiesReforging the great chain of being : studies of the history of modal theoriesModern modalities : studies of the history of modal theories from medieval nominalism to logical positivism
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Knuuttila, S.

Knuuttila, S. 1946-

Knuuttila, S. (Simo), 1946-

Knuuttila, Simo Jussi Iisakki.

Knuuttila Simo Jussi Iisakki 1946-....

Simo Knuuttila Finnish professor (emeritus) of theological ethics and the philosophy of religion at the University of Helsinki, academy professor (Academy of Finland)

Simo Knuuttila Fins theoloog

Simo Knuuttila suomalainen teologisen etiikan ja uskonnonfilosofian emeritusprofessori (Helaingin yliopisto), akatemiaprofessori (Suomen Akatemia)

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