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Overview page. Subjects: Medicine and Health.

adj. possessing the ability to respond to a stimulus. The cells of the retina, for example, are sensitive to the stimulus of light and respond by sending nerve impulses to the...

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Wit and Wounding (NE IV.8)

Howard J. Curzer.

in Aristotle and the Virtues

March 2012; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient Philosophy. 10418 words.

Aristotle’s decision to list wit as a virtue does not reflect an outmoded, aristocratic view that morally good people have panache. What makes someone a witty person is not a good sense of...

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The Promises and Problems of Homonymy

Christopher Shields.

in Order in Multiplicity

September 2002; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient Philosophy. 13871 words.

Shields reviews Aristotle's methods for establishing homonymy, association, and core dependence, without yet evaluating their success or failure. Shields begins by considering Aristotle's...

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The Problem of Complex Perceptual Content

Anna Marmodoro.

in Aristotle on Perceiving Objects

August 2014; p ublished online August 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient Philosophy; Metaphysics. 10396 words.

For Aristotle our only means for perceiving the world are the five senses, each individuated by the type of perceptible qualities it is sensitive to: colors for sight, sounds for hearing,...

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The Co-Construction of Virtue

Darcia Narvaez.

in Cultivating Virtue

December 2014; p ublished online December 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Moral Philosophy; Ancient Philosophy. 10894 words.

The human sciences are uncovering what virtue theorists surmised long ago: virtue is co-constructed by those around you, using inherent gene expression, immune system ratios, and...

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The Role of Motivation and Wisdom in Virtues as Skills

Matt Stichter.

in Developing the Virtues

October 2016; p ublished online September 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Moral Philosophy; Ancient Philosophy. 9122 words.

This chapter discusses the roles of motivation and practical wisdom when conceptualizing the development of virtue as a matter of skill acquisition. While it might appear that skills lack...

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