Augustine on embodied knowledge

” Hoc enim nomen disyllabum cum dicitur, mundus, quoniam sonus est, res utique corporalis per corpus innotuit, id est, per aurem: sed etiam quod significat per corpus innotuit, id est, per oculos carnis. Mundus quippe in quantum notus est, videntibus notus est.”

De Trin., 13.1.4

This reminds me of a similar point Thomas makes in discussing the importance of material signs for knowledge of God in his account of the Eucharist (IIIa, 61 or thereabouts) — practically all of our knowledge is trades in some way on bodily sensation: without sight, we would not know the world as a world in quite we way we seem to; without hearing, we would not know the word “world” as a word in the way we seem to.

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