De Anima ii 5 on the Activation of The Senses

Ancient Philosophy 32 (1):87-104 (2012)
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This paper offers a new interpretation of Aristotle’s identification, in De Anima 2.5, of αἴσθησις with an ἀλλοίωσίς τις that is not ‘a kind of destruction of something by its contrary’. Drawing on a passage from Metaphysics Iota 5, it argues that when so described, what is referred to as an ἀλλοίωσίς τις is not a uniquely perceptual alteration.

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John Bowin
University of California, Santa Cruz


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