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The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 10, 2007

Ancient and Modern Philosophy

Danilo Marcondes
Pages 131-140
DOI: 10.5840/wcp21200710123

From the Light of the Soul to the Conventional Sign
Mind and Language in Early Modern Philosophy

The objective of this paper is to analyze the appeal to the notion of the light of the soul as a commonplace in theories of knowledge from the Renaissance to early 18th century philosophy, showing that language will only become a central subject for philosophy with the progressive criticism of the powers of the intellect, especially intuitive thought.