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Damascius on Knowledge and its Object
Damascius on Knowledge and its Object

Author(s): Cosmin Andron
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Издателство »Изток-Запад«
Keywords: Sense-perception; opinion; discursive thinking; imprint; non-discursive faculty; representation; mental content; intellect; Neoplatonism; Aristotle; Plotinus; Proclus

Summary/Abstract: On relying on De principiis II 149.13-17, the paper highlights the difference between the object of sense-perception, which is the perceptible quality, and the content of perception. The same distinction applies to opinion and discursive thinking as well. Moreover, it is also indicated that Damascius denies all sorts of identity between knowledge and its object, non-discursive thinking included. Instead, he seems to allow for a union between noesis and its object, which rules out numerical identity. Even non-discursive thinking is a form of knowledge, therefore a form of differentiation, and obtains being as related to something else.

  • Issue Year: I/2004
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 107-124
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: English