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The Powers of Aristotle's Soul

Thomas Kjeller Johansen


Aristotle may be considered the founder of ‘faculty psychology’, the attempt to explain a variety of psychological phenomena by reference to a few inborn capacities. This study investigates his main work on psychology, the De Anima, from this perspective. It is shown how Aristotle conceives of the soul's capacities and how he uses them to account for the souls of living beings. An account is offered of how Aristotle defines the capacities in relation to their activities and proper objects. The relationship of the body to the definition the soul's capacities is also considered. Against the back ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, faculty psychology, soul, capacities, explanation, living beings, nutrition, perception, intellect, biology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199658435
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658435.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Kjeller Johansen, author
Brasenose College, Oxford