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    Nutritive and sentient soul in Aristotle's Generation of Animals II 5

    Connell, Sophia M. (2020) Nutritive and sentient soul in Aristotle's Generation of Animals II 5. Phronesis 65 (3), pp. 324-354. ISSN 0031-8868.

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    This paper argues that focusing on Aristotle’s theory of generation as primarily ‘hylomorphic’ can lead to difficulties. This is especially evident when interpreting the association between the male and sentient soul at GA II.5. If the focus is on the male’s contribution as form and the female’s as matter, then soul becomes divided into nutritive from female and sentient from male which makes little sense in Aristotle’s biological ontology. In contrast, by seeing Aristotle’s theory as ‘archêkinetic’, a process initiated by the male, the development of nutritive and sentient capacities emerges as intertwined, neither capacity originating in only one sex.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Sophia Connell
    Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2020 15:12
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:58


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