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Single Idea 22748

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / C. Rationalism / 1. Rationalism]

Full Idea

Some assert that motion is perceived by sense, but others that it is not perceived at all by sense but by the intellect through sensation.

Gist of Idea

Some say motion is perceived by sense, but others say it is by intellect


Sextus Empiricus (Against the Physicists (two books) [c.180], II.062)

Book Reference

Sextus Empiricus: 'Against the Physicists/Against the Ethicists', ed/tr. Bury,R.G. [Harvard Loeb 1997], p.241

A Reaction

Descartes' wax argument defends the idea that change is perceived by intellect. The intellect has to distinguish the relative aspect of each motion, such as when someone is walking around on a moving ship. Even sense also need memory.

Related Idea

Idea 22747 A man walking backwards on a forwards-moving ship is moving in a fixed place [Sext.Empiricus]