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In Mortal Imitations of Divine Life, Diamond offers an interpretation of De Anima, which explains how and why Aristotle places souls in a hierarchy of value. Aristotle’s central intention in De Anima is to discover the nature and essence of soul—the prin­ciple of living beings. He does so by identifying the common structures underlying every living activity, whether it be eating, perceiving, thinking, or moving through space. As Diamond demonstrates through close readings of De Anima, the nature of the soul is most clearly seen in its divine life, while the embodied soul’s other activi­ties are progressively clear approximations of this principle. This interpretation shows how Aristotle’s psychology and biology cannot be properly understood apart from his theological conception of God as life, and offers a new explanation of De Anima’s unity of purpose and structure.

 

 

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-2
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-36
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  1. 1. Defining the Soul—The Serial Logic of De Anima II.1–3
  2. pp. 37-74
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  1. 2. Unconscious and Stationary Life: Nutritive Soul
  2. pp. 75-124
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  1. 3. Embodied Cognition: Sensitive Soul
  2. pp. 125-164
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  1. 4. Theoretical Cognition and Divine Life
  2. pp. 165-220
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  1. 5. The Soul That Moves the Body: Mortal Self-Motion and the Circular Motion of the Outermost Sphere
  2. pp. 221-252
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 253-254
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 255-312
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 313-320
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  1. General Index
  2. pp. 321-328
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  1. Index Locorum
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780810130708
Related ISBN
9780810130692
MARC Record
OCLC
909840031
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2015-05-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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