Review of Metaphysics 68 (4):719-740 (2015)

This article addresses the question of how, by Aristotle’s lights, we apprehend concrete individuals, the objects of incidental perception. The author argues that the incidental perceptible is indeed perceived and not interpreted, and that what is perceived incidentally is an object as it bears significance to the projects and aims of the perceiver, rather than what the object is in itself. Finally, the author argues that this new way of understanding what the incidental object of perception is provides a unified account of incidental perception that accommodates both animal and human incidental perception, while at the same time allowing that human perception is significantly different from that of nonrational animals. The article maintains that human perception is conditioned, but not interpreted, by intellect, and offers an account of the relationship between the two faculties that supports this interpretation of incidental perception
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest  Aristotle  Perception  Incidental Perception
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