We probably can assume that Aristotle knew at least some “sensitive” (conscious) animals which have very different preferences in taste than humans. For example vultures (they occur in Greece), which like carrion – something that has a repellent smell and taste for humans.

Did he ever make any attempt to incorporate this fact in his philosophy of mind and perception? To square this with his perceptual realism (= sensible qualities are mind-independent qualities of objects)?

What I mean is, if Aristotle thought that vultures experience the same smell and taste of carrion as humans – yet they like it. Or if they experience a different smell and taste.

  • Interesting question, but I don't think it poses a problem for Aristotle. In that animals can perceive what they find tasty without that affecting what is good or well-ordered in human perception (unless you think we're vultures too?)
    – virmaior
    Apr 24 '18 at 12:51
  • Humans can acquire a taste for carrion. (Animals' eating is not a rational activity as humans' eating is.)
    – Geremia
    Apr 24 '18 at 18:58

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