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This chapter provides answers to the following questions: Why should we talk about transformations? When a transformation occurs, there is neither a simple continuation of something existing, nor a sharp break with the old or a revolution that sweeps it away and replaces it with something new. Studying the evolution of Aristotelian psychology in the period between the thirteenth and the seventeenth century, one can observe a similar process of transformation. The chapter analyzes the question: Why should we talk about the soul and not simply about the mind? In contemporary philosophy it seems quite natural that the mindnot the soulposes a special problem because the mind has special features that need to be explained. The chapter analyzes why the title simply mentions the time between 1250 and 1650 without referring to the three classical periods Middle Ages, Renaissance and Early Modern Philosophy.

Keywords: Aristotelian psychology; contemporary philosophy; Early Modern Philosophy; Middle Ages; Renaissance; transformation

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