Aristotle’s Theory of Practical Cognition by Takatsura Andō

By Takatsura Andō

I've got a lot excitement in writing a preface to Mr. Takatura Ando's e-book on Aristotle. except his intrinsic significance, as one of many 3 or 4 maximum of all philosophers, Aristotle is necessary on having given for plenty of centuries the best impression in moulding the idea of eu international locations. The language hassle has without doubt avoided him from workout a great deal impression on jap suggestion, and that i welcome very warmly to listen to that Mr. Ando is ready to have his ebook published in Japan. i am hoping it is going to be broadly circulated, because it needs to convinced­ ly deserve that. W. D. Ross AUTHOR'S FOREWORD In publishing this e-book, i can't restrict myself of reminding the times and nights while it used to be written. In that period of globally insanity, Aristotle's philosophy used to be the single safe haven in which my depressed brain may come to existence. It used to be written little by little lower than all determined circum­ stances through the conflict time. My middle was once set at the crowning glory of this paintings whereas the destiny allowed me to dwell. It used to be approximately performed by way of the tip of the warfare. Having no wish of survival, I buried my manu­ script within the earth, with no besides the fact that any expectance of a higher lot for it.

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II. 19. 100 b 8; Eth. Nic. VI. 3. 1139 b 17; 1141 a 5. 6 In the traditional latin version, voiic; &'1/dpet is always translated as intellectus, while voiic; :not7Jn"oc; is usually rendered as intelligentia. In the writings translated from Arabian, the latter means a bodiless spirit. Cf. Thomas Aquinas, Summ. Th. I. a 79. 10. 7 Lib. Natur. VI. p. 5. c. 2. princ. 8 Ibid. p. 5. c. 2. This thesis is applied not only to a universal spirit, but also to individual souls; cf. Brentano's note ad loc. 9 Lib.

Ill. 3. 202 a 13; De An. II. 2. 414 a 8, 25; 431 a 1; 431 b 16. 2 "What are potentially colours" means the sense, rather than a coloured body in darkness. It is true that a body has an actual colour through being seen, and that light is the principle that makes a body visible. Hence it seems as if we might as well say that it makes a body have an actual colour. But this is not correct. We must investigate the matter more carefully, examining Aristotle's own theory of vision. De An. II. 7. aTOV.

4 It is identical with receptive reason dem Subjekte nach, but different dem Sein nach. 5 The receptive reason is potential, while the active reason is actual. 6 The former thinks, while the latter makes the other think. 7 The active reason acts at first upon the sensible part without consciousness, and making actual the rational forms which are involved in it potentially as q;avr:aatJ-a or images, gives them to the receptive reason. Thus the receptive reason realizes in itself an actual thought.

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