De quantitate animae: The measure of the soul; Latin text, with English translation and notes by Augustine of Hippo; 1 edition; First published in. PDF | Augustine is commonly interpreted as endorsing an extramission theory of perception in De quantitate animae. A close examination of the text shows. DE QUANTITATE ANIMAE LIBER UNUS S. Aurelii Augustini OPERA OMNIA – editio latina > PL 32 > De Quantitate Animae liber unus.

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So the third grade is a further commitment. The Structure of Behavior.

So, consider feeling the wooden frame through the padding of a Victorian hobby horse. Instruments, such as a stick, can be exploited in distal touch.

First, in discussions of the soul in late antiquity, psychological and physiological issues are intertwined, which is not to say confused. Justice may lack extensive magnitude and yet possess greater virtual magnitude than a sensible body. On the latter understanding, the object of sen- sory awareness is external, at least if we rule out cases of auto-affection—it is what affects the body from without.

Augustinus Hipponensis – De Quantitate Animae liber unus

The living eye, part of a whole and healthy animal, is animated by the sensitive soul, and it is a manifestation of the superior- ity of the soul that it endows the eye that it animates with the passive power to be affected where it is not. Help Center Find new research papers in: The soul is inex- tended, and, hence, incorporeal since corporeal bodies are necessarily extended in three dimensions. Shall I say that quantitae soul is not more powerful than the eyes, when the soul is the very power of the eyes?

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But sensation by contact is not the only form of touch. Unclarity about the commitments of quantitage extramission theory is aided and abet- ted, ani,ae certain circumstances, by the application of a certain methodological stric- ture.

The soul need not be where the body is affected for this affection to be not hidden from the range of its attention De quantitate animae But if the se rays touch the objects of perception, then they are perceived where they are, and thus there is no need for a signal to return to the subject.

Allow me to make two observations about this. A tension in the account raises a potential difficulty, however.

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Shall I say that a bodily experience of which the soul is aware directly is not sensation? It thus possesses a power that no corpo- real thing may have.

In addition to the phenomenological aptness of the illuminationist imagery, Au- gustine quantitatte have had another motive in deploying it, one that is consistent with the rejection of the extramission anikae. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, So the perceiver sees an object where they are not. One may accept the principle that to see, one must look, and yet deny that looking constitutes, even in part, seeing.

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Moreover, and importantly, justice is greater in value than the tree. Though the writing has been on the wall since chapter 23, Evodius is stunned: The Peter Reilly Company, London, Geometricians draw dd which are formed from the intersection of the rays sent out through the eyes.


And not just because it was the authoritative opinion of Plato, Ptolemy, and Galen.

Search this index Full-text Catalog. For consider a ray sent from a single eye. According to Augustine, vision involves outer-directed, rectilinear activity that constitutes the perception of the object.

The explicit awareness of the natural environment afforded by visual experience is akin to light not only in its rectilin- ear directionality and its power to manifest latent presence, but in the manner in which it discloses distal aspects of that environment.

Notice that Augustine, after having introduced the extramissionist imagery of rays, immediately brackets that commitment, claiming that it is treated subtly and ob- scurely and claims that the explanation of perceptual discernment by rays has not yet been clearly demonstrated. Inanimate natural bodies can only be acted upon by what is in contact with them. Plato, Sophist a; Cornford in Hamilton and CairnsIn response, Augustine will offer a negative argument and a positive argument.