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- DescriptionApart from using our eyes to see and our ears to hear, we regularly and effortlessly perform a number of complex perceptual operations that cant be explained in terms of the five senses taken individually. Such operations include, for example, perceiving that the same object is white and sweet, ticing the difference between white and sweet, or kwing that one's senses are active. Observing that lower animals must be able to perform such operations, and being unprepared to ascribe any share in rationality to them, Aristotle explained such operations with reference to a higher-order perceptual capacity which unites and monitors the five senses. This capacity is kwn as the 'common sense' or sensus communis. Unfortunately, Aristotle provides only scattered and opaque references to this capacity. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that the exact nature and functions of this capacity have been a matter of perennial controversy. Pavel Gregoric offers and extensive and compelling treatment of the Aristotelian conception of the common sense, which has become part and parcel of Western psychological theories from antiquity through to the Middle Ages, and well into the early modern period. Aristotle on the Common Sense begins with an introduction to Aristotle's theory of perception and sets up a conceptual framework for the interpretation of textual evidence. In addition to analysing those passages which make explicit mention of the common sense, and drawing out the implications for Aristotle's termilogy, Gregoric provides a detailed examination of each function of this Aristotelian faculty.
- Author BiographyPaul Gregoric is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb.
- PrizesWinner of Conington Prize 2004.
- Author(s)Pavel Gregoric
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication01/12/2011
- Series TitleOxford Aristotle Studies
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight310 g
- Width141 mm
- Height215 mm
- Spine14 mm
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