The History of Mind Research Unit is a Finnish research project
on the history of the philosophy of mind. It belongs to the
Finland's programme of Centres of Excellence in Research,
and functions at the Universities of Helsinki
The group focuses on the structure and functions of the human
mind in Greek philosophy, medieval Arabic and Latin philosophy
and the philosophy of the Early Modern Age.
Areas of special interest include conceptions of knowledge,
understanding, inference, self-consciousness, will and emotions
as well as changes in the concepts and philosophical assumptions
related to these conceptions. Key issues concern the distinction
between body and soul, the abilities of the mind, concepts
of subject and object of mental attitudes, as well as conceptions
of normal and abnormal mental conditions and disorders.
This project was active in 2002-2007. The work is continued in a new project: Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics Research Unit.