Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Perception by means of the senses; also, a perception of an object of sense.
“Also worth noting that there is, in general, very little evidence worth speaking of for the existence of these "modules" related to specific behaviours (as opposed to general abilities like sense-perception).”
“Lower animals have, in addition, the powers of sense-perception and self-motion (action).”
“One cannot demonstrate that anti-realism about the perception of physical objects is mistaken by reference to a particular sense-perception itself.”
“Once we recognize the enormously powerful and fundamental role Epicurus and his followers assign to sense-perception, we will not be surprised to see that they feel the need to include in the composition of the soul a very special kind of material that accounts specifically for sense-perception, but apparently do not think that, in addition to that, some further special material is needed to enable intellectual or rational activity.”
“What this suggests, and what in fact we have independent reason to think, is that on Epicurus 'view, once one is in a position adequately to explain sense-perception, one will then also be in a position to work out an explanation of intellectual cognition, by appropriately extending the explanation of sense-perception.”
“This obviously is an extremely generous view of what experience, and ultimately sense-perception, can do!”
“Perhaps most pressingly, it is far from clear whether what distinguishes the animate from the inanimate is the very thing that, in the case of some animate organisms, is responsible for cognitive functions such as sense-perception and thought, and that, specifically in the case of human beings, is the bearer of moral qualities such as justice, courage and the like.”
“It is worth noting that it is specifically with regard to sense-perception that Epicurus thinks the introduction of a further, nameless kind of substance is called for, rather than, for instance, with regard to intellectual cognition.”
“Since the formation and application of concepts requires memory, sense-perception, so conceived of, does not involve conceptualization, either.”
“This is obviously so with, for instance, the abilities for movement in respect of place (e.g., by walking or flying), and for sense-perception, which requires sense-organs.”
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