The Soul And The Body Of Aristotle 's De Anima Essay

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The Soul and the Body in Aristotle’s De Anima

Aristotle’s De Anima, unveils a discussion of souls (i.e., those of humans, amongst other living things) that is quite unlike what we have seen with other philosophers prior to him. Unlike the theories espoused by his predecessors, such as those of Plato and his work in the Phaedo, Aristotle’s De Anima generates a kind of characterization of the soul that steers away from the soul as being the individual creature’s true and only identity, which is separable from the body and immortal. For Aristotle, the soul is characterized as both the form of the body, as well as the actuality of the body (both claims I will explain in greater detail later on in my paper). Moreover, this conception of the soul leads Aristotle to claim, quite to the contrary of Plato, that the soul is in fact united to the body in the substance and in its existence. Thus, Aristotle is committed to his claim, “the soul cannot be without a body” (Aristotle 414a19-20). Throughout this paper, then, I am going to discuss Aristotle’s claim of this inseparability of the soul from the body. Ultimately, I hope to show that this characterization of the soul indeed follows logically and necessarily from Aristotle’s understanding of substances, and his concepts of matter and form with regards to potentiality and actuality. Furthermore, Aristotle’s account of the soul in de anima might even be considered favorable, albeit his rash brushing away of the soul’s immortality,…

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