[Review of the book Leibniz on Consciousness, Apperception and Reflection, by Mulstad]

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  • Introduction: This is an excellent monograph concerning several central features of Aristotle's physical theory and their various interpretations in the Middle Ages. The first half of this study treats of the definition of nature in book two of the Physics, the problem of the natural motion of the elements, and the much disputed conclusion of book eight concerning the first cause of motion in the universe. The second half of the book consists of four acute chapters in which the author shows how John Philoponus, Albertus Magnus, Thomas Aquinas, John Buridan, and Duns Scotus used and interpreted parts of the Physics. The two main sections of the book are preceded by a thoughtful introductory study of the nature and structure of an Aristotelian logos or 'study'. This is a particularly important issue for the last two books of the Physics, the unity of each of which is anything but clear. The book contains extensive notes and a fairly comprehensive bibliography. About half the chapters in the book appeared in earlier versions in various journals.

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    • Schmitter, A.M. (1993). [Review of the book Leibniz on Consciousness, Apperception and Reflection, by M. Kulstad]. Canadian Philosophical Reviews, 13(3), 107-109.
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