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What do our impressions say? The Stoic theory of perceptual content and belief formation

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Here I propose an interpretation of the ancient Stoic psychological theory on which (i) the concepts that an adult human possesses affect the content of the perceptual impressions (φαντασίαι αἰσθητικαί) she forms, and (ii) the content of such impressions is exhausted by an ‘assertible’ (ἀξίωμα) of suitable complexity. What leads the Stoics to accept (i) and (ii), I argue, is their theory of assent and belief formation, which requires that the perceptual impression communicate information suit...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1515/apeiron-2018-0001

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Oxford college:
Brasenose College
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Publisher:
De Gruyter Publisher's website
Journal:
Apeiron Journal website
Volume:
52
Issue:
1
Pages:
29–63
Publication date:
2018-06-16
Acceptance date:
2018-04-08
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EISSN:
2156-7093
ISSN:
0003-6390
Pubs id:
pubs:834751
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uri:3d469871-1297-4bc7-b2ce-8386c1beffa2
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uuid:3d469871-1297-4bc7-b2ce-8386c1beffa2
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pubs:834751

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