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Aristotle on the Common Sense

Pavel Gregoric


Apart from using our eyes to see and our ears to hear, we regularly and effortlessly perform a number of complex perceptual operations that cannot be explained in terms of the five senses taken individually. Such operations include, for example, perceiving that the same object is white and sweet, noticing the difference between white and sweet, or knowing that one's own senses are active. Observing that other 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 per ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, five senses, perception, common sense, perceptual capacity, sensus communis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199277377
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277377.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pavel Gregoric, author
Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb