Episode 130: Aristotle’s “De Anima”: What Is Life? (Part Two)

Jan 04, 2016, 12:00 PM

Continuing on De Anima, books 1 and 2. We talk about the nutritive part of the soul, which is the only kind plants have, and the perceptive part, which animals have too, which for Aristotle means they have (or many of them have) imagination too. We grapple more with types of causation and what Aristotle means by forms. How does the soul "cause" the living body?

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You can follow along in the text if you'd like via this online translation by D.W. Hamlyn. Or check out this line-by-line commentary by Eugene T. Gendlin.

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