Authors
Rebekah Johnston
Wilfrid Laurier University
Abstract
Although it is common for interpreters of Aristotle's De Anima to treat the soul as a specially related set of powers of capacities, I argue against this view on the grounds that the plausible options for reconciling the claim that the soul is a set of powers with Aristotle's repeated claim that the soul is an actuality cannot be unsuccessful. Moreover, I argue that there are good reasons to be wary of attributing to Aristotle the view that the soul is a set of powers because this claim conflicts with several of his metaphysical commitments, most importantly his claims about form and substance. I argue that although there are passages in the De Anima in which Aristotle discusses the soul in terms of its powers or capacities, these discussions do not establish that the soul is a set of capacities
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/09608788.2011.555158
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 60,878
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Body and Soul in Aristotle.Richard Sorabji - 1993 - In Michael Durrant & Aristotle (eds.), Philosophy. Routledge. pp. 63-.
Physicalism. [REVIEW]Geoffrey Hellman - 1980 - Philosophical Review 89 (4):625.
Mind and Imagination in Aristotle.Christopher Shields - 1992 - Philosophical Review 101 (2):371.
Aristotle's Definition of Soul.William Charlton - 1980 - Phronesis 25 (2):170 - 186.

View all 8 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Aristotle’s Critique of Plato’s Theory of Innate Knowledge.David Bronstein - 2016 - History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis 19 (1):126-139.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Essays on Aristotle's De Anima.Martha Craven Nussbaum & Amélie Rorty (eds.) - 1992/1995 - Oxford University Press.
Aristotle on the Common Sense.Pavel Gregoric - 2007 - Oxford University Press.
Body and Soul in Aristotle.Richard Sorabji - 1993 - In Michael Durrant & Aristotle (eds.), Philosophy. Routledge. pp. 63-.
The Place of Mankind in Aristotle’s Zoology.James G. Lennox - 1999 - Philosophical Topics 27 (1):1-16.
Aristotle de Anima (on the Soul).Christopher Shields - 1992 - Ancient Philosophy 12 (1):202-205.
De Anima. Aristotle - 1956 - Clarendon Press.
Aristotle on Methodological Approaches to the Study of the Human Soul.Hynek Bartoš - 2012 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 12 (2):199-220.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2011-04-08

Total views
123 ( #84,077 of 2,438,999 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #209,051 of 2,438,999 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes