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Aristotle on Perceiving Objects$
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Anna Marmodoro

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199326006

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199326006.001.0001

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The Metaphysical Foundations of Perception

The Metaphysical Foundations of Perception

(p.3) Chapter 1 The Metaphysical Foundations of Perception
Aristotle on Perceiving Objects

Anna Marmodoro

Oxford University Press

Aristotle addresses the problem of the structure and the functionality of the faculty of perception as a metaphysical problem, and resolves it through metaphysical innovation. His innovation is given in the Physics in his account of causation in terms of activation of causal powers. The key features of the account are as follows. Causation is an activity involving two (or more) causal powers, which belong to different substances or parts of substance(s). Each of the activated powers engenders an activation of a different type, but the two (or more) types are interdependent, co-existing partner activities.

Keywords:   Aristotle, perception, causation, causal powers, activation, Physics

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