Ancient Perspectives on Aristotle's De Anima (Ancient and by Gerd Van Riel

By Gerd Van Riel

Aristotle's treatise at the Soul figures one of the such a lot influential texts within the highbrow heritage of the West. it's the first systematic treatise at the nature and functioning of the human soul, providing Aristotle's authoritative analyses of, between others, feel notion, mind's eye, reminiscence, and mind. the continuing debates in this tricky paintings proceed the statement culture that dates again to antiquity. This quantity bargains a variety of essays by means of distinctive students, exploring the traditional views on Aristotle's De anima, from Aristotle's earliest successors throughout the Aristotelian Commentators on the finish of Antiquity.

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Or, cela comporte une difficulté, car, si sentir par la vue c’est voir, et que l’on voie la couleur ou ce qui la possède, alors, si l’on voit l’acte de voir (τὸ ὁρᾶν), le premier acte de voir aura aussi de la couleur. Cependant, il est manifeste que sentir par la vue n’est pas une seule chose; en effet, lorsque nous ne voyons pas, c’est par la vue que nous distinguons l’obscurité et la lumière, mais pas de la même façon. ² Examinons les principales articulations du texte. Le problème est posé d’emblée sous la forme d’un dédoublement entre, d’une part, la sensation de l’objet, et d’autre part, la sensation de cette sensation.

Perception and universals The perceptual faculty is thus capable of representing rather complex states of affairs involving properties, relations, and the particulars which have or enter into them, on the basis of causal interactions with only the properties corresponding to the proper object of perception. Thus, in some sense, we are able to be in a perceptual state whose content is that the pale thing moving towards us is the son of Diares as a matter of having the perceptual faculties that we do.

The natural first step in interpreting that statement is as claiming that perception is of particulars insofar as they instantiate certain universals. e. by a universal. More generally, we may say that while actual perception is of particulars, the capacity for perception depends for its potential contents on the universals available to it. If so, Aristotle’s choice of words is significant, insofar as ‘αἰσθάνεται refers to an act of perception, while ‘ἡ αἴσθησις’ may refer either to the same act from the perspective of the perceiver, or to the capacity of perception itself (on either understanding, though, the point being made is a general one).

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