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Aristotle on Earlier Greek Psychology
The Science of Soul


  • Date Published: March 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108481076

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  • This volume is the first in English to provide a full, systematic investigation into Aristotle's criticisms of earlier Greek theories of the soul from the perspective of his theory of scientific explanation. Some interpreters of the De Anima have seen Aristotle's criticisms of Presocratic, Platonic, and other views about the soul as unfair or dialectical, but Jason W. Carter argues that Aristotle's criticisms are in fact a justified attempt to test the adequacy of earlier theories in terms of the theory of scientific knowledge he advances in the Posterior Analytics. Carter proposes a new interpretation of Aristotle's confrontations with earlier psychology, showing how his reception of other Greek philosophers shaped his own hylomorphic psychology and led him to adopt a novel dualist theory of the soul–body relation. His book will be important for students and scholars of Aristotle, ancient Greek psychology, and the history of the mind–body problem.

    • Provides a new interpretation of the relationship between Aristotle's theory of soul and earlier Greek psychology
    • Draws connections between Aristotle's hylomorphic psychology and both historical and modern problems in philosophy of mind
    • Explores the reception and representation of Presocratic and Platonic philosophy in the Aristotelian tradition
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108481076
    • length: 266 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction to hylomorphic psychology
    Part I. Aristotle's Methodology of Psychological Inquiry:
    1. Definition, explanation and psychological inquiry
    2. Definition, explanation and the soul-body relation
    Part II. Earlier Theories of Psychological Motion:
    3. Plato's psychology
    4. Democritus' psychology
    5. Xenocrates' psychology
    6. Harmonic psychology
    Part III. Earlier Theories of Psychological Cognition:
    7. Empedocles' psychology
    8. Anaxagoras' psychology
    Part IV. Earlier Theories and Two Psychological Puzzles:
    9. The puzzle of the soul's uniformity
    10. The puzzle of the soul's divisibility
    Conclusion: hylomorphic psychology as a dualism.

  • Author

    Jason W. Carter, University of Edinburgh
    Jason W. Carter is Teaching Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. His work has been published in journals including Phronesis and the Journal of the History of Philosophy.

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