Philoponus: On Aristotle On the Soul 2.7-12 (BOK)

Philoponus

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In this, one of the most original ancient texts on sense perception, Philoponus, the sixth century AD commentator on Aristotle, considers how far perceptual processes are incorporeal. Colour affects us in the same way as light which, passing through a stained glass window, affects the air, but colours only the masonry beyond. Sounds and smells are somewhat more physical, travelling most of the way to us with a moving block of air, but not quite all the way. Only the organ of touch takes on the tangible qualities perceived, because reception of sensible qualities in perception is cognitive, not physical. Neither light nor the action of colour involves the travel of bodies. Our capacities for psychological activity do not follow, nor result from, the chemistry of our bodies, but merely supervene on that. On the other hand, Philoponus shows knowledge of the sensory nerves, and he believes that thought and anger both warm us. This argument is used elsewhere to show how we can tell someone else's state of mind.

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Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Philoponus
Forlag
Bloomsbury Academic
ISBN 9781472557766
Antall sider 192 Dimensjoner 15,6cm x 23,4cm x 1,5cm
Vekt 454 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd