Distinguishing Sensible objects -> Operations -> Powers (Diagrams)

Here are a number of diagrams I give to my students to help distinguish the proper objects, operations, and faculties found in beings with sensory animation. (My apologies for the uncentered text in each of the boxes; it did not copy and paste the way I wanted it to.)  These charts of objects, operations, and faculties should be compared with the diagrams on the genesis of cognition and appetition in Aquinas’ anthropology.

External Sensorium

Faculties

Operation(s)

Object

Proper Object

Common Object(s)

Vision

seeing

visibilia

color

Motion, rest, shape dimension, magnitude, number,

Audition

hearing

audibilia

sound

motion, number, quasi-dimension & quasi-magnitude

Olfaction

smelling

olfactibilia

odor

Bare motion (absence or presence), quasi-number

Gustation

tasting

gustibilia

flavor

Bare motion (absence or presence), quasi-number

Tactility

touching

tactilia

Tactilities[1]

Motion, rest, shape dimension, magnitude, number

Gestalt Sense

(sensus communis)

Unified sensation, judging,

sensibilia

per se

sensible gestalt[2]

N/A

Internal Sensorium

Faculties

Operation(s)

Object(s)

Phantasia

Retention, conjuring,

Creative conjuring

imaginabilia

Cogitative

 Perception: factual and action-oriented, sortal formation

perceptibilia

Memory

Retention, representation

reminiscence

Pastness

Factual or personal

Concupiscible

 love, desire, joy, hate, aversion, sorrow

Pleasant good

Irascible

hope, despair, audacity, fear, anger

Arduous good


[1] thermals, moisture, weight, firmness, texture, etc.

[2] This does not mean its object is all the sensibles all the time; but the actual sensible gestalt, i.e, the extra-sensorial given or phenomenal unity, which is presently stimulating the external sensorium.

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About Daniel D. De Haan

I am a graduate student at the Center for Thomistic Studies in Houston, TX, working on my doctorate in Medieval philosophy. My historical research focuses on the inner sense psychology of Thomas Aquinas, Avicenna, and Averroes, the commentary tradition on Aristotle's de Anima up to Aquinas, and the metaphysics of Avicenna and Thomas Aquinas. My research in contemporary issues has focused on attempts to integrate Thomistic philosophical anthropology with the insights of phenomenology and Wittgenstein, like one finds in the work of Karol Wojtyła, David Braine, Peter Geach, and Elizabeth Anscombe. I am also interested in philosophical problems prompted by neuroscience, especially concerning the compatibility of hylomorphism with neuroplasticity. I will be taking my doctoral comprehensive exams in the Spring of 2012 and I should be submitting my dissertation proposal by April 2012. I will be writing on the doctrine of being within Avicenna's Metaphysics of the Shifā and the introduction of modal logic into Aristotelian metaphysics. In 2010 I presented conference papers at the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, MI, at the University of Marquette, University of St. Thomas, and the Annual Conference of American Catholic Philosophical Association in Baltimore, MD. In March, 2011 I presented a paper on Addiction and Thomistic Anthropology at The Catholic University of America. This summer I will participating in the eight week University of Wisconsin-Madison's Intensive Arabic program, and the 2011 Thomistic Seminar hosted by the Witherspoon Institute at Princeton University. I will also be presenting a paper on the demonstrations for God's existence in Avicenna's Metaphysics of the Shifā' for the the Aquinas and the "Arabs" satellite session at the Annual ACPA meeting. I received the 2010 American Catholic Philosophical Association's Young Scholars Award for my paper: "Linguistic Apprehension as Incidental Sensation in Thomas Aquinas". This paper will be published in the Forthcoming: 2011, American Catholic Philosophical Association, Proceedings of the ACPA, Vol. 84.

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