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The soul and its instrumental body : a reinterpretation of Aristotle's philosophy of living nature

Author: A P Bos
Publisher: Leiden : Brill, 2003.
Series: Brill's studies in intellectual history, 112.
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Aristotle's definition of the soul should be interpreted as: 'the soul is the entelechy of a natural body that serves as its instrument'. The theory of a fine-corporeal body makes it much easier to  Read more...


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Named Person: Aristóteles.; Aristóteles.; Aristóteles
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A P Bos
ISBN: 9004130160 9789004130166
OCLC Number: 638941942
Description: x, 429 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction1. Aristotle's psychology reconsidered2. The modern debate on Aristotle's psychology3. Pneuma as the organon of the soul in De motu animalium4. What body is suitable for receiving the soul (De anima I 3, 407b13-26)?5. Aristotle's new psychology in De anima II 1-26. The soul in its instrumental body as the sailor in his ship (De anima II 1, 413a8-9)7. Aristotle's problems with the standard psychological theories8. The role of vital heat and pneuma in De generatione animalium9. 'Fire above': the relation of the soul to the body that receives soul, in Aristotle's De longitudine et brevitate vitae 2-310. Pneuma and the theory of soul in De mundo11. The ultimate problem: how did Aristotle relate the intellect, which is not bound up with soma, to the soul, which is always connected with soma?12. Aristotle's lost works: the consequences of reinterpreting the psychology of De anima13. The information on Aristotle's Eudemus14. The fifth element as the substance of the soul15. The comparison of the steersman and his ship in Aristotle's lost works and elsewhere16. The soul's 'bondage' according to a lost work by Aristotle17. The integration of the psychology of Aristotle's Eudemus and his De anima18. Final considerations and conclusionsBibliographyIndex nominumIndex locorum
Series Title: Brill's studies in intellectual history, 112.
Responsibility: by A.P. Bos.


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