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<i>De Anima</i> 2. 2–4 and the Meaning of <i>Life</i>

Gareth B. Matthews

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.003.0012
 De Anima 2. 2–4 and the Meaning of Life

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This essay constructs a picture of the meaning of life based on De Anima 2. 2-4. It shows that there are organisms that preserve their form through the exercise of identifiable functions. For an individual to be a short, living thing is for it to be one of these naturally species-preserving organisms. For an individual living thing to be actually living is for it to be able to perform one of the psychic or living functions appropriate to its species.

Keywords: Aristotle; De Anima; life

Chapter.  4863 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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