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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The verb patior means to suffer or undergo, to be affected. Whereas the mind is spiritual, the animated eye is a compound of the corpo- real and the spiritual. The idea is that the perceived object must be in contact with the principle govern- ing sensation. Moreover, it was earlier De quantitate animae The illuminated me- dia intervening between the perceiver and the quatitate object of perception already, according to Aristotle, constitutes animwe continuous unity De anima 2.

Augustine understands corporeal light as the image, in the Pla- tonic sense, of the true spiritual light.

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But what we see is not restricted in this way. The rays, as Hill conceives of them, are merely part anmae the causal medium through which information about the perceived object is conveyed.

Oxford Studies in Ancient Qyantitate, So the third grade is a further commitment. Thus, Broad distinguishes a dynamical form of touch—haptic touch in modern parlance—from sensation by contact. Evodius is persistently attracted to the idea that the soul extends throughout the body that it animates and hence must itself be extended. The imagery here not only emphasizes that vision is a kind of perception at a distance but invokes an active outward extension. Compare Evodius position to the Giants: Its slogan might be: The conclusion involves attributing to the ani- mate eye a passive power to be affected where it is not.


Many passages involving extramissive elements are, in fact, making a point about something other than perception. As soo as you wanted to see it, you reached it by seeing it.

Sed, quemadmodum si virga te tangerem, ego utique tangerem, idque sentirem, neque tamen ego ibi essem ubi te quqntitate. You bat an eyelid more slowly than you direct a ray.

Extensive magnitudes cited by Augustine are length, width, and strength. Nor is it, in this instance, even accepted as received authoritative opinion.

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So a natural understanding of this phrase might be what the body undergoes. Search this index Full-text Catalog.

It is quanntitate an unambiguous statement of the ex- quantitatw theory. The outward activity of looking and seeing is not the exclusive provenance of the extramission theory. One can feel what one is not in direct contact with. Perception and Extramission in De quantitate animae Mark Eli Kalderon Abstract Augustine is commonly interpreted as endorsing an extramission theory of perception in De quantitate animae.

I end with some remarks about what it takes for an account of perception to be an extramission theory and with a review of the strength of evidence for attributing the extramission the- ory to Augustine on the basis of his other works. Aristotle rejects the extramission the- ory as providing a false causal model of perception De sensu 2 a 26—b 2and yet his alternative causal model preserves these formal features.

The emphasis here is on the activity of the soul as opposed to its being substantially located where the perceived object is. Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, That he was nonetheless persistently drawn to it is explicable. Looking, so conceived, is a outer-directed activity of the perceiver that is rectilinear.


Limited search only original from University of California Limited search only original from University of Virginia. This oc- casions puzzlement in Evodius.

Augustinus Hipponensis – De Quantitate Animae liber unus

animea That conclusion upsets me very much, so much, in fact, that I am com- pletely stunned. In the sense of extensive magnitude, Augustine denies that the soul has quantity at all. But it is perceptible. Second, Augustine is here emphasizing how seeing is an activity of sight, a power of the soul.

Vision, like il- lumination, has df. Justice lacks length, width, and height. Visu, inquam, porrecto in eum quantitaye in quo es, video te ubi es: If you wanted to walk, you would get to the man sooner than to the column; because you wanted to see, you have got to the column as soon as the man.

The passive power to be affected where one is not conferred by the sensitive soul is similarly a power that no soulless body may possess.

According the negative argument, just dd the soul lacks extension does not mean that it is not real De quantitate animae 3. Francisco Suarez Commentaria una cum questionibus in libros Quatnitate de anima 3.

The soul is inex- tended, and, hence, incorporeal since corporeal bodies are necessarily extended in three dimensions. That is, in cases of distal touch, you feel tactile qualities where they are.

But, again, the paradigmatic conception of touch is sen- sation by contact and not distal touch. Log In Sign Up.