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    De anima: on the soul

    Aristotle and Lawson-Tancred, H. (1987) De anima: on the soul. Penguin Books, London, UK.

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    Book synopsis: For the Pre-Socratic philosophers the soul was the source of movement and sensation, while for Plato it was the seat of being, metaphysically distinct from the body that it was forced temporarily to inhabit. Plato's student Aristotle was determined to test the truth of both these beliefs against the emerging sciences of logic and biology. His examination of the huge variety of living organisms - the enormous range of their behaviour, their powers and their perceptual sophistication - convinced him of the inadequacy both of a materialist reduction and of a Platonic sublimation of the soul. In De Anima, he sought to set out his theory of the soul as the ultimate reality of embodied form and produced both a masterpiece of philosophical insight and a psychology of perennially fascinating subtlety.

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    Item Type: Other
    Additional Information: Hugh Lawson-Tancred is the translator of this book. ISBN: 9780140444711
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2018 15:09
    Last Modified: 05 Feb 2018 15:09
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/21118

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