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Aristotle on the Common Sense$
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Pavel Gregoric

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199277377

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277377.001.0001

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The Perceptual Capacity of the Soul

The Perceptual Capacity of the Soul

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(p.28) 2 The Perceptual Capacity of the Soul
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Aristotle on the Common Sense
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Pavel Gregoric

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277377.003.0003

This chapter looks at Aristotle's account of the perceptual capacity of the soul as delineated in the treatise De Anima. Like the soul as a whole, the perceptual part of the soul is divided conceptually into the individual senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. Each of these senses receives a separate treatment in the second book of the De Anima. In the third book Aristotle deals with certain issues concerning perception in such a way that it becomes clear that the perceptual capacity of the soul is not an aggregate of the individual senses, but a unified whole. That is, Aristotle's conceptual division of the perceptual part of the soul permits it to be differentiated into distinct sense-modalities while at the same time remaining a unity.

Keywords:   Aristotle, De Anima, soul, form, perception, perceptual capacity, individual senses

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