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Explaining Various Forms of Living

Alan Code and Julius Moravcsik

in Essays on Aristotle's De Anima

Published in print November 1995 | ISBN: 9780198236009
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598104 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019823600X.003.0009
 Explaining Various Forms of Living

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Aristotle did not see a sharp contrast between the psychological and the physical. He viewed the physical as just the natural, and treats the psychological as part of the physical. This essay attempts to explain why this is so, and presents observations about Aristotle’s framework. It explores the relation of hylomorphism to functionalism, and argues against funtionalist interpretations of Aristotle due to the belief that Aristotle was confronting a different set of concerns and issues.

Keywords: Aristotle; hylomorphism; functionalism; De Anima

Chapter.  8580 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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