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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But even the three grades taken together are insufficient for a commitment to extramission. Skip to main content. On music De musica. Thus, Broad distinguishes a dynamical form of touch—haptic touch in modern parlance—from sensation by contact. However, even quntitate outside of the cone are in contact with visual rays emitted from at least one eye. The verb patior means to suffer or undergo, to be affected.

But, again, the paradigmatic conception of touch is sen- sation by contact and not distal touch. It is not an unambiguous statement of the ex- tramission theory. Full-text searching is available within public or private collectionsand within individual items.

It is a form of haptic touch since touching something with a stick is activity and so displays the dynamical character of haptic touch. But Evodius seems to disavow that: At any rate, such accounts not only involve extramissive elements but intromissive elements as well. This has the consequence that the emitted light cannot be distinguished from the external light and so is not directly observable. The soul need not be where the body is affected for this affection to be not hidden from the range of its attention De quantitate animae Notice that Augustine, after having introduced the extramissionist aimae of rays, immediately brackets that commitment, claiming that it is treated subtly and ob- scurely and claims that the explanation of perceptual discernment by rays has not yet been clearly demonstrated.


That the body is an instrument of the soul is a distinctively Platonic thought compare Plotinus, Ennead 4. And yet it falls short of the extramission theory. A failure ee recognize this, and so misattribute to Augustine a commit- ment to extramission, is due, at least in se, to unclarity about the commitments of the extramission theory.

These tasks will be pursued in chapters 23 to Or must this be said, that it is a sign of greater power to experience there where something is than to experience it where it is not? Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, Looking, so conceived, is a outer-directed activity of the perceiver that is rectilinear.

How might the illuminationist imagery be understood if it is not, indeed, com- mitted to the extramission theory? But the resulting account is broadly intromissionist in that it emphasizes the perceived object acting upon the perceiver, albeit mediately.

It is a mode of distal perception.

However, these formal features are preserved in accounts given by thinkers that explicitly reject the extramission theory. Agostino, volgarizzate giusta la edizione de’ PP. We get a contrast between the activity of the mind and the activity of the animated eye.

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A tension in the account raises a potential difficulty, however. Maurini da Girolamo Brunelli This could not be an argument for the extramission theory, as occlusion is equally well explained on the intromissionist hypothesis.


There it encounters what is like it, external light. So the perceiver sees an object where they are not.

The conclusion involves attributing to the ani- mate eye a passive power to be affected where it is not. So an extramis- sionist dioptrics would resolve the difficulty raised by the account in De Genesi ad litteram libri duodecim.

Sociedad de Estudios y Publicaciones, — But the objects of sight are located at a distance from the perceiver. If two objects, one near—a man—and one far—a column—are visible to the perceiver, in the circumstances of perception and hence the man no longer occludes the columnthen it is not the case that the visual rays reach the near object sooner than the far: Second, and more fundamentally, there is more to the extramission theory than a false causal model.

Francisco Suarez Commentaria una cum questionibus in libros Aristotelis de anima 3. Nevertheless, the light which is in the eye, according to authoritative opinion, is so slight that without the help of light from outside we should be able to see nothing.

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Whereas the question how great is the soul in the sense of extensive magnitudes is answered in the negative in De quantitate animae 3. If that is right, then Hill46 n. What is it, then, if it is not that?