De quantitate animae: The measure of the soul; Latin text, with English translation and notes by Augustine of Hippo; 1 edition; First published in. PDF | Augustine is commonly interpreted as endorsing an extramission theory of perception in De quantitate animae. A close examination of the text shows. DE QUANTITATE ANIMAE LIBER UNUS S. Aurelii Augustini OPERA OMNIA – editio latina > PL 32 > De Quantitate Animae liber unus.

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The third grade introduces a further substantive commitment. De Trinitate 9 3; HaddanAgain, the present extramissionist account is derived neither from scripture nor reason. If one perceives, one is acted upon.

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But Evodius seems to disavow that: So the third grade is a further commitment. The Peter Reilly Company, London, De quantitate animae 23—30 It is the second residual aporia that prompts the extended discussion of perception. Dd terms must be in uppercase. It is because Evodius is walking back from a previous commitment, shared with the extramission theory, that this is quantotate regarded as a dialectical concession.

At times he complains of its subtlety and obscurity, emphasizing its failure to be clearly demonstrated. He has the concept of the third dimension, he merely lacks a Latin word that will immediately and unambiguously pick it out.

It cannot be grasped and of- fers no resistance to touch and hence lacks strength, robustam.


In this way perception contrasts with the understanding. Perception and Extramission in De quantitate animae. On the Nature of Man. How might the illuminationist imagery be understood if it is not, indeed, com- mitted to the extramission theory? Not only do vision and light have direction but they are both rectilinear as well.

The perceiver feels the wooden frame even though they are not in direct contact with it. Fur- ther testimony to the greatness of soul, conceived, not as greatness of extent but greatness of power or virtue.

Many thinkers accept that perception at least centrally involves activity without accepting, as well, the extramission theory.

If two objects, one near—a man—and one far—a column—are visible to the perceiver, in the circumstances of perception and ani,ae the man no quantitats occludes the columnthen it is not the case that the visual rays reach the near object sooner than the far: Remember me on this computer. Agostino, volgarizzate giusta la edizione de’ PP.

Shall I say that the eyes [are affected] where they are? These tasks will be pursued in chapters 23 to And if that is right, then the stick analogy is not sufficient for the attribution of an extramission theory.

Animze illumination- ist imagery is undoubtedly of Neoplatonic origin, but neither Plotinus nor Por- phyry are extramission theorists.

And together they constitute a continuous unity, a compound of emitted light and external light, ex- tending from the perceiver to the distant object of perception in a rectilinear path. A failure to recognize this, and so misattribute to Augustine a commit- ment to extramission, is due, at least in part, to unclarity about the commitments of the extramission theory. De natura hominis 7; Sharples and van der Eijk— We get a similar description of the phenomenology of focal attention, also set within an extramissionist account, but where the dioptric character of vision is made explicit and exploited in an explanation for how we can see many things all at once.


Find in a library. Moreover, just because justice is real despite being inextended, it does not follow that the soul itself is inextended.

Augustinus Hipponensis – De Quantitate Animae liber unus

Dee denying that the soul has quantity, Augustine is not denying that there are numerically distinct souls. Justice may lack extensive magnitude and yet possess greater virtual magnitude than a sensible body.

quantigate That the body is an instrument of the soul is a distinctively Platonic thought compare Plotinus, Ennead 4. This sensitivity is manifest in a curious shift in example. Catholic University of America Press, But it is perceptible. Growth is an affection of the body not hidden from the soul and yet it is insensible.