Aquinas's Theory of Perception: An Analytic Reconstruction

2017.02.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Anthony J. Lisska, Aquinas's Theory of Perception: An Analytic Reconstruction, Oxford University Press, 2016, 353pp., $99.00
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2017.02.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Anthony J. Lisska, Aquinas's Theory of Perception: An Analytic Reconstruction, Oxford University Press, 2016, 353pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198777908. Reviewed by Paul Symington, Franciscan University of Steubenville Aristotle's theory of perception in general, and Aquinas's view in particular, are of increasing interest to students of Aquinas's system of thought, especially for those interested in adapting these views to more contemporary treatments in the philosophy of mind. These views bring together accounts of sensation that have intuitive teleological and formal structures, while pointing to important embodied components to complete the accounts. Unfortunately, Aquinas is not always absolutely clear on the meaning of the terms that he employs to explain his theory of perception and his writings on the topic are interspersed throughout his corpus. In this book Anthony J. Lisska does an admirable job. . .

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