By Janet Coleman
This publication encompasses a sequence of stories that take the traditional texts as proof of the earlier, and exhibit how medieval readers and writers understood them. specifically, they study how medieval readers tested the development of those texts to discover a few mirrored image of the way it felt to exist in the historical international. The stories verify that medieval and Renaissance interpretations and makes use of of the prior fluctuate tremendously from a contemporary interpretation and makes use of, and but the examine betrays many startling continuities among sleek and historic medieval theories. dialogue extends from the character of historic facts, via theories in the back of medieval historiography, to varied hypotheses bearing on physiological attributes of the mind to highbrow tactics of the brain.
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This lack of clarity would provide much scholastic thought its scope for creativity in epistemological analysis. It is important that we draw from the above Aristotle's confidence in the soul's capacities to perceive and know the past as a perceptual and intellectual experience. Objects of perception and objects of thought are imageable. This is part of a larger interest that Aristotle displays in many of his other writings on ethics, politics, language and the logic of argument, common discourse and its relation to our experiences.
But memory is not only a physiological process for Aristotle. He does, however, say that men with certain psychic surfaces, more or less fluid, have better or worse memories as a result of the imprint being more or less impressed and lasting. 7 But this is not all he says, especially in the DeAnima, as we shall see. 6 7 He argues that the percipient does not acquire memory from the start; only when the affection has been produced within a person is there memory. There is a temporal distinction between the experience and one's memory of it and remembering does not occur until time has elapsed.
In any case, most theories of memory, whether couched in terms of mere analogy, or even in terms of the storage of information in networks of real nerve cells, concentrate on the manner in which events can cause changes in physical structures. In other words, they are concerned with the machinery of memory, not the code - the symbolic form in which the events are registered ... Most theories of memory are, as it were, concerned with the question of ink and paper and not with the much more fundamental issue of the grammar of remembrance.