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Intentions In The First Quarter Of The Fourteenth Century: Hervaeus Natalis Versus Radulphus Brito

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The subject of logical intentions was not new when it was becoming an important object of study by the beginning of fourteenth century. The distinction between first and second intentions was not new; it is already found in Avicenna, and it can be traced back to Aristotle's primary and secondary substances. During the later Middle Ages, the discussion was focused on the exact nature and ontological status of intentions, and closely related issue of the role of intentions and intelligible species in cognitive process. In the process of differentiating intentions from species, acts and things, and differentiating first and second intentions from each other, the definitions of intentions became more elaborate and subdivisions more subtle. This chapter presents an overview of Hervaeus Natalis's discussion about second intentions with an opponent he does not mention by name, but who, judging from Hervaeus's description, might well have been his contemporary Radulphus Brito.

Keywords: Avicenna; Hervaeus Natalis; logical intentions; ontological status; Radulphus Brito; second intentions



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