Aristotle on Perception

Aristotle on Perception

eBook - 1997
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Stephen Everson presents a comprehensive new study of Aristotle's account of perception and phantasia. Recent debate about Aristotle's theory of mind has focused on this account, which is Aristotle's most sustained and detailed attempt to describe and explain the behaviour of living things. Everson places it in the context of Aristotle's natural science as a whole, showing how he applies the explanatory tools developed in other works to the study of perceptual cognition. Everson demonstrates that, contrary to the claims of many recent scholars, Aristotle is indeed concerned to explain perceptual activity as the activity of a living body, by reference to material changes in the organs which possess the various perceptual capacities. By emphasizing the unified nature of the perceptual system, Everson is able to explain how Aristotle accounts for our ability to perceive not only such things as colours and sounds but material objects in our environment.
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997
ISBN: 9780198236290
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 309 pages)


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