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Aristotle on Living Things

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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHILOS 2P03
Professor
Mark Johnstone
Semester
Fall

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Aristotle on Living Things The Greek Notion of the Soul 1 The soul had close connections to ideas about life to be ensouled was simply to be alive 2 Soul was not assumed to be immaterial or immortalIt was taken for granted that there were living things and nonliving things Therefore there was no question that the soul existed It was merely the question of what was the soul Aristotles view on the soul was similar to modern idea of mind soul the form of the bodyDe Anima For Aristotle all living things including plantsanimals have souls To study the soul was primarily to study the capacities and characteristic activities of living things ex nutrition reproduction movement sense perception human thought The relationship between soul and body is a special case of the relationship between form and matter the soul is the form of the body NOT two separate things that interact Not a good question then to ask whether soul and body are the same th
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