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Essays on Aristotle's De Anima$
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Martha C. Nussbaum and Amélie Oksenberg Rorty

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198236009

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019823600X.001.0001

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The Cognitive Role of Phantasia in Aristotle

The Cognitive Role of Phantasia in Aristotle

(p.279) 15 The Cognitive Role of Phantasia in Aristotle
Essays on Aristotle's De Anima

Dorothea Frede

Oxford University Press

Phantasia is viewed as a unified concept in Aristotle. When the metaphoric meaning of ‘phantisizing’ is excluded, the causal account for all imagination is the same: all phantasiai are motions in the soul caused by sense-perceptions. These are sensory images or imprints that can exist independently from their original source. Their history may be different, and their character and value may vary. Aristotle’s insistence on their sensory nature indicates that he saw them as a unitary phenomenon in the soul, as sensory appearances.

Keywords:   Aristotle, phantasia, imagination, sense-perception, De Anima

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