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Volume 47, Issue 3


Aristotle’s Mark of Sentience

Alain Ducharme
Published Online: 2014-07-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2013-0027


I reconsider Aristotle’s account of perception by way of an ‘organic’ reading of the sensitive mean. I argue that the mean serves as a homeostatic mechanism that allows for the replication of forms in the organs in the process of perceptual alteration. The mean, as a product of properly constituted organs, is that by which Aristotle separates animals from plants.

Keywords: Aristotle; Perception; Mean; Homeostasis

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Published Online: 2014-07-08

Published in Print: 2014-07-01

Citation Information: Apeiron, Volume 47, Issue 3, Pages 293–309, ISSN (Online) 2156-7093, ISSN (Print) 0003-6390, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2013-0027.

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