A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science
Ed. by Wildberg, Christian / Morison, Benjamin
Mental images in Porphyry’s commentary on Ptolemy’s Harmonics
The paper aims to show that /1/ on the theory of concept acquisition we gain universal concepts at the end of a process in which pictorial and conceptual phases are alternating, with the implication that the representational capacity (phantasia) produces pictures of a universal nature, and that /2/ even if the excursus Porphyry’s theory of knowledge in the preface of the Harmonics-commentary may heavily rely on theories from the early Middle Platonism, Porphyry could adopt it for his own purposes, in a way to be in line with what he says elsewhere in his works.