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Appendix. De Partibus Animalium I 1 Opposing Views On Respiration In Plato And Aristotle Discussed In De Partibus Animalium I 1, 642a31–B4

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An important passage for the study of Aristotle's views on pneuma is found in De partibus animalium I 1. The famous first chapter of P.A. I discusses what method is best for investigating nature. In the passage relevant to our inquiry Aristotle seems to have given an example of how he himself thinks that such an investigation should be conducted. This makes it unlikely that the example merely relates to a theory held by others. Aristotle here must be either discussing a theory of respiration which he himself supports or drawing a contrast between a theory which he rejects and a view which he accepts.

Keywords:Aristotle; De Partibus Animalium I 1; pneuma

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