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Review of the relevant passages in Aristotle, and (briefly) the scholarship on Aristotle's concept of phantasia. Aristotle's treatment of phantasia is contrasted with Plato's discussions of eikasia, mimesis, the receptacle in the Timaeus, the Sophist as maker of phantasmata, the treatment of memory in the Philebus, and eidola in several places. De Anima 3.3 concerns mental images; further discussion involves passages in EN, MA, and the Parva Naturalia.


D. A. Rees presented “Aristotle’s Treatment of Phantasia” to the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy at its meeting with the American Philological Association in Baltimore in 1962. It was published in John P. Anton & George Kustas, eds. 1971. Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy vol. 1, SUNY, 491-504.

D. A. Rees was a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford.