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Aquinas's Theory of Perception


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Introduction: On Reconstructing Thomas Aquinas's Theory of Perception 1: Setting the Problem: History and Context: Aquinas's Realist Theory of Perception 2: Aquinas on Intentionality 3: Aquinas and Empiricism: From Aquinas to Brentano and Beyond 4: Epistemological Dispositions: Causal Powers and the Human Person 5: Objects and Faculties: Teleology and Sensation 6: Preconditions for Visual Awareness: Object and Medium 7: The Necessary Conditions for Perception: A Triadic Relation 8: The Sensus Communis: The First of the Internal Sense Faculties 9: The Imagination and Phantasia: An Historical Muddle 10: The Vis Cogitativa: On Perceiving the Individual Primary Substance 11: The Role of Phantasms in Inner Sense: Part One 12: The Role of Phantasms in Inner Sense: Part Two Bibliography Index

About the Author

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 Handbook of Medieval Philosophy, Reason, Religion and Natural Law, and The Routledge Companion to Ethics. In 2006, he served as national president of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. He received the Carnegie Foundation United States Baccalaureate Colleges National Professor of the Year Award in 1994. He served as Academic Dean of the College and the Founding Director of Denison's Honors Program.


This is a challenging and rewarding book. It will be, for a long time, essential reading for graduates and scholars interested in Aquinas's philosophy of mind. It is impressively thorough concerning Aquinas's texts and recent scholarship on the same. * Robbie Moser, Speculum *

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