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Aristotle on Perception$
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Stephen Everson

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198238638

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198238630.001.0001

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Aristotle on Perception

Stephen Everson (Contributor Webpage)

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Everson examines Aristotle's use of the term empeiria, particularly as it appears in Metaphysics I.1 and Posterior Analytics II.19. Empeiria is usually translated as ‘experience’, but Everson argues that it ought to be interpreted as ‘an acquired perceptual concept’. Such concepts are involved in determining the content of perceptual experience. On this account, perceptual awareness is a combination of phantasia and the presence or absence of a certain empeiria, i.e. of the acquired perceptual concept appropriate for the perceptual awareness in question.

Keywords:   awareness, empeiria, Metaphysics I.1, perceptual experience, phantasia, Posterior Analytics II.19

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