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Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy$
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Martin Pickavé and Lisa Shapiro

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579914

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579914.001.0001

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Intellections and Volitions in Ockham’s Nominalism

Intellections and Volitions in Ockham’s Nominalism

(p.75) Intellections and Volitions in Ockham’s Nominalism
Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

Claude Panaccio

Oxford University Press

The goal of this paper is to explain how the fourteenth-century philosopher William of Ockham conceived of the relations between the intellect and the will within the framework of his nominalist ontology. It is shown first how, in Ockham's view, the terms ‘intellect’ and ‘will’ refer to the very same thing, without being synonymous: while coreferential, the two terms connote different mental acts. The paper then spells out in detail the various connections that hold according to Ockham between intellectual acts and volitional acts, including intellectual emotions.

Keywords:   connotative terms, intellect, intellection, nominalism, right reason, weakness of will, volition, will, William of Ockham

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