Unmixing the Intellect: Aristotle on Cognitive Powers and Bodily Organs

Unmixing the Intellect: Aristotle on Cognitive Powers and Bodily Organs

by Joseph Magee

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Unmixing the Intellect: Aristotle on Cognitive Powers and Bodily Organs by Joseph Magee

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313323775
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/30/2003
Series: Contributions in Philosophy
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

JOSEPH M. MAGEE is Director of Campus Ministry at the Catholic Student Center, Sam Houston State University,

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Aristotle and Contemporary Theories of Mind

The Separability of Nous and Cognitivist Functionalism

The Similarities between Novc and Sense

The Relationship of Sense Powers to Their Organs

The Difference between Aisthesis and Nous

Bibliography

Index

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