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Aristotles Psychological Theory

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In Aristotle's account, 'passions of the soul,' including emotions and desire, are, the author argues, inextricably psycho-physical, non-decomposable into two separate types of activity, one purely psychological, the other purely physical. This chapter explains with a sketch of a contemporary discussion of Aristotle's account of the passions and sense perception in De Anima. It describes that Aristotle in De Anima A 1 sets out an account of emotions, such as fear and anger, which (i) shows them to be inextricably psycho-physical in the demanding way just suggested and (ii) suggests a model for his subsequent account of desire, imagination and perception. Although the author does not seek to establish that Aristotle used this model in the latter cases, the author attempts to undermine one argument which has been taken to show that he cannot have done so.

Keywords: Aristotle; inextricably physical activity; inextricably psychological activity



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