The Perceptual System

Stephen Everson

in Aristotle on Perception

Published in print February 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238638
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597374 | DOI:
 The Perceptual System

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Everson gives an account of the perceptual system as a whole, and also examines the connection between perception and phantasia, or imagination. Everson argues that Aristotle has two notions of phantasia, a technical sense, and a more general sense. The technical sense refers to quasi‐perceptual states, such as dreams, or remembrances, where no sense object is present to the perceiver. The general sense takes phantasia in the sense of appearances generally speaking; thus in this sense, take all perceptions as a sub‐class of phantasia.

Keywords: imagination; perceiver; perception; phantasia; sense object; the perceptual system

Chapter.  20323 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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