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110. 33 Strawson, , Individuals, Methuen 1959, ch. and soul or whether there are some affections that belong exclusively to 198 Cluistof Rapp lnteraction of Body and Soul 199 the soul, Aristotle places great emphasis on the role of emotions. When it lies in the wastepaper basket, there is nothing distinctive to connect it, rather than thousands of other objects, with bookmarking; its use alone made it 3 bookmarker. 195a5–11; b23–24; Metaph. 64 On the different view, according to which the soul is the person who has capacities (see note 7), to say that the soul moves the body is to say that the person moves his body. Aristotle replies (i) sight is not seen, but only perceived with the aid of sight, (ii) What is perceived on these occasions (the organ) is coloured, so on this score there would have been no barrier to its being seen. cit., note 69 below. ; 427a8–9; 435a22–24). But for Aristotle, human life does not just compose of the emotions. He discusses non-substitutability in a variety of contexts, only some of them psychological. 2–11; EE 1220b10–20). Once we observe that it is at any rate not a mental attribute, by Cartesian criteria, the question loses much of its interest. De Anima. Feyerabend, and Maxwell, (University of Minnesota, 1966), p. 93.Google Scholar. JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization helping the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. Soul and body, i suggest react sympathetically upon each other. Cambridge University Press (www.cambridge.org) is the publishing division of the University of Cambridge, one of the world’s leading research institutions and winner of 81 Nobel Prizes. The De Motu Animalium 6–10 explains the physical mechanism by which desire leads to action. But the refutation would not have been obvious, if the organ of sight is the eye-jelly (as is argued in note 30 above), and if the organ of touch is the heart. 39 See Metaph. Other writers too have sought a position somewhere in the middle. Such organs would not have been readily open to inspection. Wallace Matson has generalized the point. 67 See GA 726b22–24; 734b25–27; 735a8; Metaph. Philosophy as "fractured" wisdom Aristotle (384/3-322B.C.) It is in virtue of this form, the soul, that makes an organism alive. 70–73Google Scholar; Wiggins, , Identity and Spatio-Temporal Continuity (Blackwell, 1967)Google Scholar, part 4, sec. But he also says in the 6th Meditation, and elsewhere, that he is composed of (compositus, composé) mind and body. Learn. And this must be done by converting the nutriment it draws from the soil (see G. & C. 1.5; DA II.4). This data will be updated every 24 hours. Math. cit. "isLogged": "0", Thus plants have the capacity for nourishment and reproduction, the minimum that must be possessed by any kind of living organism. Aristotle: Body and Soul. 3 Solmsen, Friedrich, ‘Greek Philosophy and the Discovery of the Nerves’, Museum Helveticum (1961), p. 170.Google Scholar He continues, ‘Nor does the “common sense” which receives, collects and synthesizes depend for its functioning on any physiological process’. For the word phantasma, see DM 450b10; b24; 451a15; etc. While Aristotle believes that the human person is essentially body and soul, he was led to interpret the “true self” of humans as the soul that animates the body. 21.8; 22.5; 62.6). See NE 1108a9–31; 1126b11–1118b9 (esp. But members of the Orphic sect allowed that some or all vegetable food lacked a soul (Euripides, Hippolytus 952). 1009b11 ff; DA 427a26, on Empedocles and Democritus. Aristotle On Body and Soul Name: Professor: Institution Course: Date: Words 283 According to Aristotle both the body and the soul are different yet are one. II.2 that the soul is the form of . cit.) But he still treates this use of ‘is’ in a distinctive way. Key Concepts: Terms in this set (14) In contrast to Plato, Aristotle thought that the body and soul were_____ (3) Indivisible, in separate, interdependent. fr. Wildberg, Christian Access supplemental materials and multimedia. The semiphysiological analysis is mentioned also at DS 436a6–10; b1–8; DM 450a27–30; Som. They can travel down with the blood towards the heart (461a5–7; 461a28–b1; 461b12). Remember that first actuality is a kind of potentiality—a capacity to engage in the activity which is the corresponding second actuality. "shouldUseShareProductTool": true, 46 See Rorty, Richard, ‘Mind-Body Identity, Privacy, and Categories’, The Review of Metaphysics (1965).Google Scholar, 47 Hardie, W. F. R., ‘Aristotle's Treatment of the Relation Between the Soul and the Body’, The Philosophical Quarterly (1964), pp. Willie Charlton and Professor Wiggins have pointed out that Aristotle sometimes thinks of the soul as that which has capacities, i.e. "metricsAbstractViews": false, The chicken example is derived from 1141b16–21. For the history of this variously interpreted principle, see Hesse, Mary B., Forces and Fields, The Concept of Action at a Distance in the History of Physics (Nelson, 1961).Google Scholar. Born is Stagira, he came to Athens in 367, liked what he saw in Plato's school, and stayed for twenty years. 190 and 196Google Scholar, and Passions of the Soul, article 30, HR I, p. 345.Google Scholar, 27 Reply to 2nd Objections, Definition I, see HR II, p. 52.Google Scholar. van der Eijk, Philip J. ascribe to Aristotle the view that, insofar as man has a soul, he has some non-physical attributes. 2). Interpretations of Aristotle's account of the relation between body and soul have been widely divergent. 1035b16–17; b24–25; 1036b30–32; DA 412b20–25; PA 640b34–641a7; Meteor. Philosophy At one extreme, Thomas Slakey has said that in the De Anima ‘Aristotle tries to explain perception simply as an event in the sense-organs’. And it would not have been obvious, with the instruments available to Aristotle, that this eye-jelly did not in fact become coloured during the process of vision. But Aristotle would not agree that such non-substitutability was con fined to psychological contexts. It does not support Brentano, however, for Brentano believes that only the sense is mental; its object is physical. Brockmann, Christian 10, HR. For the meaning of prohaeresis see NE 1112a18–1 113a14, where it is described as a desire for something in one's power (and having a chicken diet is presumably in one's power), which one has calculated to be the best means for achieving one's end. For Empedocles spoke of the four elements moving on account of desire or love for each other (frr. Kiesewetter, Benjamin 11–12)Google Scholar and Barnes (op. 399–406.Google Scholar, 25 Reply to objection on the 2nd Meditation, in the 3rd set of Objections, HR II, p. 64.Google Scholar, 26 6th Meditation, HR I, pp. Aristotle uses the notion of first actuality in his definition of the soul (412a27): The soul is the first actuality of a natural body that has life potentially. }. Man is superior to the animals, the male to the female, and the soul to the body. II, pp. A soul, Aristotle says, is “the actuality of a body that has life,” where life means the capacity for self-sustenance, growth, and reproduction. 454a7–11, and is connected with yet other mental states, desire in general, pleasure and pain, memory and memory images. DA 416a6–9. This is the sixth of 15 weekly, post-seminar reflections (for ISP-lite, Spring 2011). Winch, (Routledge, 1969).Google Scholar. On the Soul (Greek: Περὶ Ψυχῆς, Peri Psychēs; Latin: De Anima) is a major treatise written by Aristotle c. 350 BC. 42 Insom. Retrouvez Substance, Body and Soul – Aristotelian Investigations et des millions de livres en stock sur Amazon.fr. If a man does not act from his soul, … ; Insom. According to Aristotle, everything in the world is divided between superior and inferior. A physical interpretation suggests itself also when Aristotle says that the changes left behind in us by earlier sense- images are located in the blood in our sense-organs (461b12; b16–19; 462a9; a12). The sense does seem to be called a blend (logos) later at 424a27; 426a29; b3; by, but the point being made there is a different one which applies to senses other than touch. Check out using a credit card or bank account with. ii the body. 1253a20–22. vol. Aristotle’s Soul ‘Psyches’ and How to Understand Them. 41 DM 450a25–451a17; Insom. 2), he carefully explains away a similar way of talking about the desire (appetitus) of matter for form (Commentary on Aristotle's Physics 192322). 6, lines 5–6, and fr. This is not to say that structure alone, unconnected with function, can make something an eye in the primary sense. But we have said enough to show how Aristotle could analyse desire without making it, or its formal cause, into a Cartesian act of mind, and without making its formal cause into a component. This is an investigation of the relation between the combination of form and matter on the one hand and body on the other. The complete theory ‘may in a way be designated as a doctrine of psychophysical parallelism’. For ‘in the soul’, see DM 450a28; bio–11; 451a3. Read Online (Free) relies on page scans, which are not currently available to screen readers. In fact, the idea is connected with the organ's becoming like the object perceived (DA 429a15–16), and with the taking on of colours or temperatures (see DA 424a7–10; 425b22–24. For Aristotle, soul, as the structure (or 'form') responsible for the various functions of a living body, cannot escape death. 9 Reply to objections brought against the 2nd Meditation, §4, in the 5th Objections, translated Haldane, and Ross, , vol. Wallace Matson has generalized the point. Aristotle also states that the soul is the efficient, formal and final cause of the body. and Cho, Dae-Ho 23 A pathos of the soul is an enmattered form (403a25), just as a house is a form (403b6). It also differs in being intimately linked with other soul capacities, with nutrition, which maintains the organs in the right state, and with perceiving, imagining, conceiving and judging. Aristotle ‘Most of us knew in 1944 that Eisenhower was the one in command…; but although he was (identical with) the man who was to succeed Truman …, it is not true that we knew in 1944 that the man who was to succeed Truman was the one in command …’, i.e. Bronstein, David 255a5–20; b30–31, referred to above, note 15. cit., p. 109Google Scholar). They are comparatively short-lived and easily removed. Efficient causes, unlike Humean causes, can be logically related to their effects; it is best to specify the efficient cause of a building as ‘the art of building’, or failing that, at least as ‘a builder’, rather than as ‘Mr Smith’ (Phys. PLAY. A change in the state of the soul produces a change in the shape of the body and conversely, a change in the shape of the body produces a change in the state of the soul. also 1035a7–10, ‘the form, or the thing insofar as it has form, should be said to be the thing, but the material by itself should never be said to be so’. 1041b12–16. Mesch, Walter 34 The exceptions seem to be cases where Aristotle has misleadingly borrowed the terminology of form without matter, to express the quite different doctrine that the act of sensing is identical with the actualized object of sense. From the meaning of life to the art of politics and the nature of friendship itself, the iconic Greek philosopher Aristotle imparted much wisdom. A plant also produces seed for the next generation. } cit., note 69 below. 32 The De Anima suggests that sight plays an indirect role in our awsreness of our own seeing, just as it does in our awareness of darkness. The body is the substance as matter, so the soul is the substance as form or shape. The significance of the last point, however, the observability of the image, will be reduced, when we recall that Aristotle sometimes speaks of our observing physiologicsl processes within ourselves (see pp. Here we get to Aristotle’s preliminary definition of the soul as the actuality of a natural body having life potentially (Aristotle, De Anima 412). §§(5)–(6).Google Scholar. Plato's Timaeus (52D–53A) allowed movement of the four elements, without the presence of soul, his Laws (897A) was ambiguous on the point, but his Phaedrus (245E) declared that whatever has an internal source of motion is ensouled. For terms and use, please refer to our Terms and Conditions cit., p. 107.Google Scholar, 48 For a modern version of this analysis, see Nowell-Smith, , Ethics (Pelican, 1954).Google Scholar. Noté /5. Not just any animal it must be a certain kind. 161–167.Google Scholar Cleanthes (Nemesius, , De Nat. 29 2nd Meditation, HR I, p. 153Google Scholar; Principles of Philosophy I.9, HR I, p. 222Google Scholar; Reply to objections on the 2nd Meditation, §§ 1 and 9, in the Replies to the 5th Objections, HR II, pp. It may have been because of his belief that souls could be reincarnated in plants that Empedocles forbade the eating of beans (fr. 30 in Diels. Empedocles believed he had in a previous incarnation been a bush (fragment 117 in Diels, Die Fragmente Der Vorsokratiker). This only means that when he incontinently seizes beef-steak, he has no prohaeresis for beef-steak. Query parameters: { Total loading time: 0.501 The main fundamental difference between what Plato and Aristotle thought about the relationship between the body and soul is that Plato claimed the Soul was immortal; it existed before the body and its here when the body dies. The eye of a peacock's tail is not. 20 Eventuslly it emerges that all human, as opposed to divine, thinking involves imsgery, 3nd hence a physiological process (DA 431a16; b2; 432a8; a13; DM 449b31). A dunamis of the soul (e.g. VIII, 286Google Scholar, using as evidence Empedocles, fr. Aristotle implies not in the case of Democritus (DA 406b24–25), though in this particular instance Aristotle's testimony is suspect. 60 See Lucretius, De Rerum Natura III. 179a26–b6; NE 1135a29 on objects of knowledge; Poet. Published online by Cambridge University Press:  And we have not made a positive suggestion as to how these further pathē might be analysed. Cf. Corcilius, Klaus Aristotle defines the soul as the act of a natural body with the capacity for life; and as the first act of a natural organic body. He notes that ordinary speakers prefer to say that a thing is composed of wood (Metaph. But, he maintains, this gives us only half the picture. He believed that the body was the “stuff” that a person was made of. Read your article online and download the PDF from your email or your account. Did the soul always cause motion by means of some mental activity? Hence, Aristotle argues, there is no problem in explaining the unity of body and soul, just as there is no problem in explaining the unity of wax and its shape. Close this message to accept cookies or find out how to manage your cookie settings. 4 on enjoying a picture quā splash of colour, while not enjoying it quā representation; Phys. Note – … “The soul is more noble than our possesions or our bodies';. Aristotle asserted that all materials substances are matter and form. We don't see dsrkness, but are aware of it through trying (and failing) to see other things. 55 See e.g. Bordt, Michael Philosophy, the journal of The Royal Institute of Philosophy is published by Cambridge University Press quarterly in January, April, July and October. Wallace Matson has generalized the point. The theory has been misunderstood by modern commentators. This preliminary definition is taken a step further when Aristotle identifies the soul as the “first actuality of a natural body that is potentially alive” (Aristotle, De … This item is part of a JSTOR Collection. An action, for example, has some end as its final cause, and some desire as its efficient cause. In making all pathē of the soul physiological, Aristotle is rejecting the claims of Plato Philebus 34B; 35C; 47E. He claims that for any body, of any kind “having life,” (or, the body of a living being), the body itself “cannot be soul” (Aristotle 412a19). Body = matter Soul = form The soul (psyche) is the structure of the body - its function and organization. Plants cannot receive form without matter, i.e. An organic body is a body that has organs—that is to say, parts that have specific functions, such as the mouths … 52 It is a commonplace to contrast Aristotelian explanations as teleological with Galilean explanations as causal (see e.g. Contributors are expected to avoid all needless technicality. "shouldUseHypothesis": true, Full text views reflects PDF downloads, PDFs sent to Google Drive, Dropbox and Kindle and HTML full text views. A hexis of the soul (e.g. Thus G. R. T. Ross concedes that we find in Aristotle ‘what looks like the crudest materialism’. they can only take on colour and warmth by admitting coloured or warm matter. 63 Cf. 244b11–12; (iii) Insom. And this would support Barnes, provided he does not say that Aristotle himself would conceive the actualized object as mental. Vöhler, Martin Therefore, man should act through his soul, and not through his body. Aristotle thus gives to the heart or eye a treatment that would be more appropriate for a scrap of paper used as a bookmarker. Aristotle’s views on the body and the soul differ from Plato’s due to his materialist position. 36 Perhaps the actualized object of sense is something that we would characterize as mental. "figures": false, Beere, Jonathan Gravity. In other authors, desire, fear, 3nd intellectual discernment. Wallace Matson has generalized the point. And this is presumably why reference to being in a place is dropped from the modified principle. The scrap becomes a bookmarker, when so used, and ceases to be a bookmarker, when discarded. Again, Aristotle’s … the attempt to distinguish animal motion from elemental motion Phys. 258a20, with further explanation at G. & C. 323a25–33. 33 The to soma). 62 In a weak sense of ‘in’, for the soul does not meet Aristotle's requirements for ‘being in a place’ (DA 406a12–16). For an alternstive trestment of Aristotle, see Ackrill, ‘Aristotle's Definitions of Psuche', Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (1972–1973), pp. Furthermore, Aristotle says that a soul is related to its body as form to matter. 460031–46138; 461319–22. Many of these journals are the leading academic publications in their fields and together they form one of the most valuable and comprehensive bodies of research available today. His discussion centres on the kinds of souls possessed by different kinds of living things, distinguished by their different operations. the soul-body problem in Plato and Aristotle; but altogether there was an even balance between the Presocratics, the philosophers of the Clas-sical and Hellenistic ages, and those of late antiquity. 389b31–390b2; Pol. Moreover, DM 451a2–5 admits that a man may be remembering, in spite of being in doubt whether he is. Remember that first actuality is a kind of potentiality - a capacity to engage in the activity which is the corresponding second actuality. According to later writings, desire in animals differs from the nature of a stone, in that it involves a physiological process in virtue of which desire is a cause of motion (DA I.1; Mot. 13 A major function of the soul, among early Greek philosophers, was to cause motion (DA 403b26; 405b11; 409b19). Copyright © The Royal Institute of Philosophy 1974, Hostname: page-component-898fc554b-5qzh9 IX.5; Cael. We can't substitute ‘the man who was to succeed Truman’ for ‘Eisenhower’, and Chisholm uses this non-substitutability as a criterion of intentionality (Perceiving (Cornell, 1957), p. 171). He thinks that Aristotle sometimes brings out ‘the distinctively mental, non-corporeal nature of the act [of sensation].… But Aristotle cannot be said to hold successfully to the notion of sensation as a purely mental activity having nothing in common with anything physical. At one extreme, Thomas Slakey has said that in the De Anima ‘Aristotle tries to explain perception simply as an event in the sense-organs’. Yet one living function, intellect, seems to be an exception: in Aristotle's view thinking is not the function of a particular bodily organ. To access this article, please, Access everything in the JPASS collection, Download up to 10 article PDFs to save and keep, Download up to 120 article PDFs to save and keep. But it is harder to see how the capacity to perceive can explain our perceiving, or how the capacity to retain a certain distinctive organization while we grow can explain our retaining this organization while we grow (DA 415b23–28; 416a8–9; b21–22). A living creature is regarded as a substance; additionally, the body is considered as a matter while the soul is form. 18 Other examples of pathē of the soul are envy, emulation, longing, shame and shamelessness, kindness and unkindness, and indignation at unmerited prosperity (NE 1105b19–28; 1128b9–15; Rhet. 49 Thus he is described as having deliberated, and as having formed a desire (prohaeresis) based on this deliberation, but as not abiding by his deliberation and his desire (NE 1145b11; 1148a9; 1150b19–22; b30–31; 1151a2; a7; a26; 330–35; b26; 1152a17; a18–19; a26; a28). He still has his prohaeresis for chicken. At the opposite extreme, Friedrich Solmsen has said of Aristotle's theory, ‘it is doubtful whether the movement or the actualization occurring when the eye sees or the ear hears has any physical or physiological aspect.’ Similarly, Jonathan Barnes has described Aristotle as leaning hesitantly towards the view that desire and thought are wholly non-physical. 57 Armstrong, D. M. (A Materialist Theory of the Mind (Routledge, 1968), pp. The soul it is the ‗first principle of life‘6 (Aristotle‘s entelecheia), the primary and emanating source or ‗component factor‘ that actuates the body‘s potential by becoming the efficient cause of its motions.7 In short, Aristotle contends that the soul is the form of the body because it is the first actuality of a body with potential for life. 53 Similarly, kindness (Rhet. This indeed is a claim that is generally accepted, for the claim that the body and the soul are distinct neither a new nor a radical claim. Aristotle: The human as composite of soul and body a. 12 See, e.g. Aristotle claims that the feeling part is just as much part of the human being as the intellectual part. © 1974 Royal Institute of Philosophy For the reference to Kahn's article (which is basic reading for this subject), see note 69. Leunissen, Mariska It appears that objects produce changes in an organism, ‘and the reception of these changes in the sense organ is perception’. Schütrumpf, Eckart Humans have all these as well as int… 58 See White, A. R., The Philosophy of Mind (Random House, 1967), pp. Brüllmann, Philipp Select the purchase Request Permissions. Aristotle on the other hand believes a man is like an animal. 8b26–9a13; 9b33–10a10. 4 Barnes, Jonathan, ‘Aristotle's Concept of Mind’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (1971–1972).Google Scholar, 5 Ross, G. R. T., De Sensu et De Memoria (Cambridge, 1906), Introduction, pp. Aristotle took a more materialist view of the soul and the body. 6–10). 460b28–461a8; 461a19–22, and according to an argument (whose conclusion, however, Aristotle rejects) at DS 447a12–06. Desire (boulēsis) for the end is attributed to the weak-willed man at 1136b7; 1166b8. Lower animals have, in addition, the powers of sense-perception and self-motion (action). In doing so, the theorycomes very close to offering a comprehensive answer to a question thatarises from the ordinary Greek notion of soul, namely how precisely itis that th… The real person is not the body; it’s the soul that is held within in the body. 71–72). 103). 46–49Google Scholar, ‘… to possess some knowledge is to have a tendency or an ability to behave in certain ways’. 141). A good account of this failure is again given by Solmsen in Aristotle's System of the Physical World, loc. 66 The formal cause of seeing will be awareness of colour, if seeing is to be treated in the same way as smelling (see p. 70). von Wright, Georg Henrik, Explanation and Understanding (Routledge, 1971), ch. STUDY. "isUnsiloEnabled": true, This physiological interpretation has the added advantage of enabling us to understand what Slakey could not understand, the second of two explanations at 424b1–3 of why plants cannot perceive. 15 The Physics hints at analogies (192322; 250b14). Barnes' reason for refusing to regard the reception of form as a physiological process of the organ changing colour or temperature is that the resulting theory would have been ‘open to devastatingly obvious empirical refutation' (p. 109). 1Google Scholar; Taylor, Charles, The Explanation of Behaviour (Routledge, 1964), ch.1).Google Scholar Certainly, Aristotle favoured teleological explanations, but we should not forget (von Wright, , p. 92Google Scholar; Taylor, , pp. 40 For these four statements, see (i) DA 424a1; 427a9; (ii) Phys. All Rights Reserved. Also Parmenides fr. His dialogue Eudemus, for example, reflects the Platonic view of the soul as imprisoned in the body and as capable of a happier life only when the body has been left behind.According to Aristotle, the dead are more blessed and happier than the living, and to… Read More For Plato, one function of the soul was to cause motion, but it caused motion by means of some mental activity (Laws 896E–897A). Although Aristotle contends that the soul is the form of the body, he did not argue for the primacy of the former over the latter. Written by Emma Coffinet, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom . Krajczynski, Jakub The soul services the greater good. The coloured pstches in the eye-jelly have simpes and (smsll-scale) sizes. A human being may also make a judgment that the end or means conceived is to be pursued, or not. 31 This is part of a two-pronged answer to a puzzle set in Plato's Charmides 168D-E. It becomes clear that it is in particular one capacity of the soul, the capacity for desire (DA III 9–10). In a later age, Descartes was to complain that the scholastic tradition had created in the concept of gravity a sort of pseudo-soul (Reply to 6th set of Objections, sec. 207 and 213.Google Scholar. 105. But it fails completely when it tries to spell out the disanalogies (255a5–20; b29–31). While there, the most important lesson he learned forced him to part company with his teacher, out of love for Socratic wisdom. But the awareness is again not a Cartesian act of mind. Contrast the severed hand or eye. This still has a distinctive structure to connect it with its former activities, and so it should still (pace Aristotle) qualify as a hand or eye in the primary sense. We are said to undergo change (kineisthai) when we have them. Rxchel_13 PLUS. ), as well as being a physiological movement (403a26–27). It publishes over 2,500 books a year for distribution in more than 200 countries. 20–27).Google Scholar But this was neither the fault of Aristotle, nor of St. Thomas Aquinas. 19 See 403a3 for the name pathē. At one extreme, Thomas Slakey has said that in the De Anima ‘Aristotle tries to explain perception simply as an event in the sense-organs’. Pathē of the soul (e.g. 1378a20; Cat. JSTOR®, the JSTOR logo, JPASS®, Artstor®, Reveal Digital™ and ITHAKA® are registered trademarks of ITHAKA. Critically analyse and compare Plato and Aristotle’s concept of the body and soul. According to another conception, the function of the soul was not connected with consciousness in this life, but was simply to survive, perhaps with a very low level of consciousness, when a man died (see Onians, R. B., The Origins of European Thought (Cambridge 1951), for such a conception in Homer).Google Scholar. Soul is thus the formal cause of the animal, the efficient cause of its motions, as well as its final cause. Of the Greeks in general he says, ‘Mind–body identity was taken for granted.… But the korē is in fact the eye-jelly inside the eye (DS 438a16; 438b5–16; HA 491b21; DA 425a4; GA 780b23). It is the korē, which takes on colour (DA 431a17–18; HA 491b21; PA 653b25), not the eye as a whole, which would indeed be an absurd theory, as Professor Hamlyn and Jonathan Barnes say it is (Hamlyn, ‘Aristotle's account of Aesthēsis in the De Anima,’ Classical Quarterly (1959), pp. The first four pass3ges suggest a literal taking on of colour. 35 Having declined to regard the reception of form without matter as a physiological process, Barnes finds it difficult to attach any very precise meaning to the idea. II. 14 Aristotle would have had some precedent, if he had attributed the motion of the elements to desire or to a soul. The body cannot be the principle that accounts for life, since a body, when deprived of life, is still a body, but not alive. 460b10–11; b23–29; 460b31–46138; 461a19–22; 462a8–12. 16 In Aristotle, pleasure and pain (PA 666a12), awareness of memory-images (DM 450b14; 16; 18; 28); awareness of one's own acts of sense-perception (Som. Interpretations of Aristotle's account of the relation between body and soul have been widely divergent. But it must be insisted that sometimes, and in the De Anima often, Aristotle thinks of the soul as being the capacities themselves. On Homer, see R. B. Onians, op. Aristotle treats these, he says, as including physical and non-physical components. 30 For the view that the organ takes on colour when we see, v. DA 424a7–10; 425b22–24; 427a8–9; 435a22–24; 417a20; 418a3; 422a7; 422a34; 423b30; 424a18; 424b2; 429a15; 434a29. pp. He states that it’s not really human, unless it … Cf. 21 For the distinction see NE 1105b19–28; 1106a3; a5; 1157b28–31; EE 1220b13–14; Rhet. 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