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Volume 48, Issue 2


Mental images in Porphyry’s commentary on Ptolemy’s Harmonics

Peter Lautner
  • Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Arts – Philosophy, Egyetem utca 1, Piliscsaba H-2087, Hungary, Ady Endre utca 13, Piliscsaba H-2081, Hungary
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Published Online: 2015-04-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2014-0056


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.

Keywords: phantasia; universals; concept acquisition; belief-making capacity; sense-perception

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Published Online: 2015-04-28

Published in Print: 2015-04-01

Citation Information: Apeiron, Volume 48, Issue 2, Pages 220–251, ISSN (Online) 2156-7093, ISSN (Print) 0003-6390, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2014-0056.

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