Aristotle on the Fantastic Abilities of Animals in De Anima 3. 3'

Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 19:253-85 (2000)
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A discussion of De anima 3.3 designed to show that phantasia serves to prevent a dualism of different objects for perception and thought, and ensures that attention is directed to real objects in the world, for both animals and humans. when they perceive and when they think about things in their absence. There is a continuity between animal and human behaviour, based on the common use of perceptual attention as the basis of mental attention. The objects of thought are not any more propositional or conceptual than the things that both humans and animals encounter and engage with in normal behaviour.



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