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  • n. Plural form of phantasma.


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  • In De visione Dei, Nicholas of Cusa asserts: "The human intellect, if it is to find expression in action, require [s] images [phantasmata], and images cannot be had without the senses, and senses subsist not without a body."

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • Aristotle describes phantasmata as being analogous to paintings or wax impressions (De Memoria 450 30f.), and as

    His Name Was Do Re Mi

  • Very arguably, Aristotle's views about imagery (phantasmata) cannot be fully understood in isolation from his views about imagination (phantasia), which he defined as “(apart from any metaphorical sense of the word) the process by which we say that an image [phantasma] is presented to us” (De Anima 428a 1-4).

    His Name Was Do Re Mi

  • [2854] In another place he laughs those men to scorn, that think longis syrupis expugnare daemones et animi phantasmata, they can purge fantastical imaginations and the devil by physic.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Omnes capitis dolores et phantasmata tollit; scias nullam herbam in terris huic comparandam viribus et bonitate nasci.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Aristotle deploys ˜phantasmata™ throughout his psychology, in cognitive states, like thought and memory, as well as in desires, passions, and action.

    Intentionality in Ancient Philosophy

  • In the case of the mind, what darkens the operation of the cognitive powers are bodily appearances (phantasmata), which obstruct our mental vision and render it unable to see intelligible items in their purity.

    Robert Grosseteste

  • Nonetheless, thought receives from the body representational objects, that is, images or phantasmata (and here Pomponazzi refers to the Aristotelian doctrine that intelligibles are abstracted from the mental images in the fantasía or imagination which, in turn, derive from sense impressions).

    Pietro Pomponazzi

  • "Porro si et magi phantasmata edunt et jam defunctorum infamant animas; si pueros in eloquium oraculi elidunt; si multa miracula circulatoriis præstigiis ludunt; si et somnia immittunt habentes semel invitatorum angelorum et dæmonum assistentem sibi potestatem, _per quos_ et capræ et _mensæ divinare consueverunt_; quanto magis," &c.

    Notes and Queries, Number 227, March 4, 1854 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc.

  • He prudently exchanged the buskin for the sock, and the illusions instantly ceased; or, if they occurred for a short season, by their very cooperation added a zest to his comic vein, -- some of his most catching faces being (as he expresses it) little more than transcripts and copies of those extraordinary phantasmata.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 72, October, 1863


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  • ...the redhaired scapegoatling, naive Lucette, whose only crime was to be suffused with the phantasmata of the other's innumerable lips.

    - Nabokov, Ada, or Ardor

    June 4, 2008