Author Archives: Martin Lenz

Who thinks that reason is social?

According to Aristotle’s Politics, humans are both rational and social animals. I wonder from what time onwards rationality and sociality were taken to be related. Of course you might think that they are not related in any interesting way. But … Continue reading

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Ockham’s Razor as a Principle of (Epistemic) Agency

During a recent workshop in Bucharest I asked the participants to connect two dots on a piece of paper.* Guess what! They all chose the simplest way of doing it and drew a perfectly straight line. This is perhaps not … Continue reading

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How simple is simple apprehension? – Some worries about psychological structures and historiography

In De anima 430a26, Aristotle famously speaks of simple apprehension as the intellect’s grasping of undivided objects. So if you grasp the essence of a tree, your intellect performs what the scholastic tradition calls a “simplex apprehensio”. One of the … Continue reading

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Introduction: Martin Lenz

Hello! I’m Martin, a professor of philosophy at the Department of the History of Philosophy at the University of Groningen and a founding member of the Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought. Before joining the philosophy faculty at … Continue reading

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