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Michale Adams Critical Essay PHIL 2010
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In Aristotle’s Sense and Sensibilia, Aristotle argues against the atomists in support of the idea that visual perception cannot be reduced to touch and that savour cannot be reduced to touch. I will attempt to demonstrate that these arguments are flawed in two ways, specifically in the misunderstanding of what Democritus probably meant when he made his theory and disprove Aristotle reasoning if Democritus’ theory was true. In addition to analyzing Aristotle’s argument with Democritus, I will critique Lucretius De Rerum Natura IV. I will explain Lucretius atomist theory of visual perception and give three criticisms of his theory of vision. Aristotle argues that Democritus’ idea of all objects of sense, as objects of touch cannot be true. Aristotle does not think this theory holds true because he places emphasis on the point that Democritus said that the senses are liable to error. Aristotle counters this opinion by saying that “seeing is not deceived as to colour, nor is that of hearing as to sound. 1 ” It seems to me that Aristotle may have misinterpreted what Democritus was trying to say when he said every sense is a mode of touch. Democritus may have meant that people use and trust the sense of touch more then any other sense present. For example, when babies start becoming busy bodies they want to touch every. That is why parents place rubber bands around the drawers because they like to get into things no matter how dangerous circumstances maybe. Aristotle also argued that if Democritus’ ideas were true, then when you place an object (i.e food, utensils, pen, etc) in your mouth you should be able to tell the shape. It seems to me that knowing the shape of the object when using the taste sense should be irrelevant. When you use the sense of taste the main point is not to determine what he shape of the object, but to get the sensation of that
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