Unity in the Multiplicity of Suárez’s Soul

Marleen Rozemond

in The Philosophy of Francisco Suárez

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199583645
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738456 | DOI:
Unity in the Multiplicity of Suárez’s Soul

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What is explored in this essay is Suárez’s commitment to the ‘Achilles problem,’ i.e. whether the mere possibility of representational content entails the simplicity of soul. The essay focuses on the role that aggregation played in the Suárez’s conception of the unification of soul and its faculties. It is argued that Suárez’s critique of the Franciscian doctrine of aggregation and his commitment to the distinctness of the soul’s power from the soul entailed that he could not have accepted anything like the famous Achilles argument for the simplicity of the soul.

Keywords: Francisco Suárez; soul; simplicity; Achilles argument; aggregation

Chapter.  11564 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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