• On Touch and Life in the De Anima

    Author(s):
    Christopher Long (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    Philosophy
    Subject(s):
    Ancient philosophy, Continental philosophy
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Aristotle
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6KH0K
    Abstract:
    Although Aristotle is often thought to give canonical voice to the priority of vision as the most noble of the human powers of perceiving, this article demonstrates that in Aristotle, touch has a priority vision lacks. By tracing the things Aristotle says about touch in the De Anima and specifically the manner in which he identifies touch as a kind of mean condition, this essay argues that a deeper understanding of the nature of touch connects us humans more deeply to animal life and the natural world we inhabit.
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