Ancient Perspectives on Aristotle's De anima

Edited by Gerd Van Riel and Pierre Destrée

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Aristotle’s treatise ‘On the Soul’ figures among the most influential texts in the intellectual history of the West. It is the first systematic treatise on the nature and functioning of the human soul, presenting Aristotle’s authoritative analyses of, among others, sense perception, imagination, memory, and intellect. The ongoing debates on this difficult work continue the commentary tradition that dates back to antiquity. This volume offers a selection of papers by distinguished scholars, exploring the ancient perspectives on Aristotle’s De anima, from Aristotle’s earliest successors through the Aristotelian Commentators at the end of Antiquity. It constitutes a twin publication with a volume entitled Medieval Perspectives on Aristotle’s De anima (to be published in the Series ‘Philosophes Médiévaux’, Peeters Publ.), both volumes appearing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the De Wulf Mansion Centre for Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy at K.U. Leuven and U.C. Louvain.

Contributions by: Enrico Berti, Klaus Corcilius, Frans de Haas, Andrea Falcon, Patrick Macfarlane, Pierre-Marie Morel, Ronald Polansky, R.W. Sharples, Nathanael Stein, Annick Stevens, Joel Yurdin, Marco Zingano.

Gerd Van Riel and Arnis RÄ«tups,
Introduction

Klaus Corcilius,
How are Episodes of Thought Initiated According to Aristotle?

Nathanael Stein,
After Literalism and Spiritualism: the Plasticity of Aristotelian Perception

Annick Stevens,
L'apparition de la conscience dans le De anima et d'autres oeuvres d'Aristote

Frans De Haas,
Know Thyself: Plato and Aristotle on Awareness

Joel Yurdin,
Aristotelian Imagination and the Explanation of Behavior

Marco Zingano,
Considérations sur l'argumentation d'Aristote dans De anima III 4

Patrick Macfarlane and Ronald Polansky,
God, the Divine, and νοῦς in relation to the De anima

Pierre-Marie Morel,
Parties du corps et fonctions de l'âme en Metaphysique Z

Enrico Berti,
La cause du mouvement dans les êtres vivants

R.W. Sharples,
The Hellenistic Period: What Happened to Hylomorphism?

Andrea Falcon,
The Scope and Unity of Aristotle's Investigation of the Soul

Bibliography
List of Contributors

Format: Edited volume - ebook

218 pages

ISBN: 9789461660244

Publication: March 20, 2013

Series: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy - Series 1 41

Languages: English

Gerd Van Riel is Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the KU Leuven Institute of Philosophy. His main research areas are Plato and the Platonic tradition, especially later Neoplatonism (Proclus, Damascius), and saint Augustine.
Pierre Destrée is Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Institut de Philosophie). His main research area is Aristotelianism, with an emphasis on Aristotle's Ethics.

Uit dit korte overzicht blijkt al de rijke inhoud van deze bundel. Bepaalde beweringen zijn duidelijk innoverend, soms provocatief, terwijl andere de gevestigde traditie verdedigen. Hierin ligt onmiskenbaar heel wat stof ter discussie vervat, maar dat maakt het werk alleen maar interessanter.
Jules Janssens, Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 73 (2011), 2


 

Each one of these papers addresses a central and difficult issue in Aristotle's psychology and each repays careful reading. Together they constitute a worthy commemoration of a milestone in the vibrant history of the De Wulf-Mansion Centre.
Reviewed by Lloyd P. Gerson, University of Toronto, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2011.06


 

Uit dit korte overzicht blijkt al de rijke inhoud van deze bundel. Bepaalde beweringen zijn duidelijk innoverend, soms provocatief, terwijl andere de gevestigde traditie verdedigen. Hierin ligt onmiskenbaar heel wat stof ter discussie vervat, maar dat maakt het werk alleen maar interessanter.
Jules Janssens, Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 73 (2011), 2


 

Each one of these papers addresses a central and difficult issue in Aristotle's psychology and each repays careful reading. Together they constitute a worthy commemoration of a milestone in the vibrant history of the De Wulf-Mansion Centre.
Reviewed by Lloyd P. Gerson, University of Toronto, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2011.06