Aquinas's Theory of Perception: An Analytic Reconstruction by Anthony J. LisskaAquinas's Theory of Perception: An Analytic Reconstruction by Anthony J. Lisska

Aquinas's Theory of Perception: An Analytic Reconstruction

byAnthony J. Lisska

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Anthony J. Lisska presents a new analysis of Thomas Aquinas's theory of perception. While much work has been undertaken on Aquinas's texts, little has been devoted principally to his theory of perception and less still on a discussion of inner sense. The thesis of intentionality serves as thephilosophical backdrop of this analysis while incorporating insights from Brentano and from recent scholarship. The principal thrust is on the importance of inner sense, a much-overlooked area of Aquinas's philosophy of mind, with special reference to the vis cogitativa. Approaching the texts ofAquinas from contemporary analytic philosophy, Lisska suggests a modest "innate" or "structured" interpretation for the role of this inner sense faculty. Dorothea Frede suggests that this faculty is an "embarrassment" for Aquinas; to the contrary, the analysis offered in this book argues that wereit not for the vis cogitativa, Aquinas's philosophy of mind would be an embarrassment. By means of this faculty of inner sense, Aquinas offers an account of a direct awareness of individuals of natural kinds--referred to by Aquinas as incidental objects of sense - which comprise the principal ontological categories in Aquinas's metaphysics. By using this awareness of individuals of anatural kind, Aquinas can make better sense out of the process of abstraction using the active intellect (intellectus agens). Were it not for the vis cogitativa, Aquinas would be unable to account for an awareness of the principal ontological category in his metaphysics.

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Anthony J. Lisska is Maria Theresa Barney Professor of Philosophy at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. His work in medieval philosophy focuses on natural law theory and the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas. The Clarendon Press published his Aquinas's Theory of Natural Law. Recent essays on natural law theory appeared in The Oxford Han...

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Title:Aquinas's Theory of Perception: An Analytic ReconstructionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:July 16, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: On Reconstructing Thomas Aquinas's Theory of Perception1. Setting the Problem: History and Context: Aquinas's Realist Theory of Perception2. Aquinas on Intentionality3. Aquinas and Empiricism: From Aquinas to Brentano and Beyond4. Epistemological Dispositions: Causal Powers and the Human Person5. Objects and Faculties: Teleology and Sensation6. Preconditions for Visual Awareness: Object and Medium7. The Necessary Conditions for Perception: A Triadic Relation8. The Sensus Communis: The First of the Internal Sense Faculties9. The Imagination and Phantasia: An Historical Muddle10. The Vis Cogitativa: On Perceiving the Individual Primary Substance11. The Role of Phantasms in Inner Sense: Part One12. The Role of Phantasms in Inner Sense: Part TwoBibliographyIndex