Olivér István TÓTH
Research in ancient and mediaeval philosophy has made it increasingly clear that questions similar to modern concerns about consciousness were already considered before the early modern period, even if those debates took place in their particular contexts and in different conceptual frameworks. These philosophical and historical studies of pre-modern conceptions have, in turn, changed our perspective regarding the works of early modern philosophers. More and more, we come to see the historical-philosophical background of early modern thinkers and which aspects in their new philosophies built on, or responded to, tralatitious views. It seems to us that a better understanding of their (our) heritage furthers the understanding and appreciation of all the breaches and innovation they brought to European philosophy.