Aristotle on Sounds

British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (5):631-48 (2013)
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In this paper I consider two related issues raised by Aristotle 's treatment of hearing and sounds. The first concerns the kinds of changes Aristotle takes to occur, in both perceptual medium and sense organs, when a perceiver hears a sounding object. The second issue concerns Aristotle 's views on the nature and location of the proper objects of auditory perception. I argue that Aristotle 's views on these topics are not what they have sometimes been taken to be, and that when rightly understood they compare favourably in many respects with leading contemporary accounts

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Mark Johnstone
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Hegel's Philosophy of Sound.Christopher Shambaugh - forthcoming - Hegel Bulletin:1-24.
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