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Unmixing the Intellect : Aristotle on the Cognitive Powers and Bodily Organs (Hardcover)

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In recent years the majority of scholarship on Aristotle's philosophy of mind has concentrated on his account of sensation and has generally sought to find in his ancient account insights applicable to contemporary materialistic explanations of mental life. Challenging cognitivist and functionalist interpretations, this volume argues that Aristotle believed the mind to be unmixed, or separate from the body. Through careful textual analysis of De Anima and other key texts, the author shows that the Greek philosopher made a clear distinction between perception-an activity realized in material sense organs-and thinking-a process that cannot occur in any material organ. This innovative interpretation of Aristotle's theory of cognitive activities is a worthy contribution to an ongoing debate.


Publisher Greenwood Pub Group
Mfg Part# 9780313323775
SKU 203988427
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0313323771
Release Date 8/13/2012
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