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Aristotle's Concept of Mind

Aristotle's Concept of Mind

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  • Date Published: August 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107194182

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  • In this book, Erick Raphael Jiménez examines Aristotle's concept of mind (nous), a key concept in Aristotelian psychology, metaphysics, and epistemology. Drawing on a close analysis of De Anima, Jiménez argues that mind is neither disembodied nor innate, as has commonly been held, but an embodied ability that emerges from learning and discovery. Looking to Aristotle's metaphysics and epistemology, Jiménez argues that just as Aristotelian mind is not innate, intelligibility is not an innate feature of the objects of Aristotelian mind, but an outcome of certain mental constructions that make those objects intelligible. Conversely, it is through these same mental constructions that thinkers become intelligent, or come to possess minds. Connecting this account to Aristotle's metaphysics and epistemology, Jiménez shows how this concept of mind fits within Aristotle's wider philosophy. His bold interpretation will interest a wide range of readers in ancient and later philosophy.

    • The first book-length treatment in English of this crucial concept, addressing common misunderstandings about Aristotle's psychology
    • Provides a philosophically plausible interpretation of Aristotle's concept of mind, avoiding recourse to the more fantastic elements of Aristotelian psychology and metaphysics
    • Connects Aristotle's account of mind to his metaphysics and theory of science, offering a more rounded view of the issue within Aristotle's wider philosophy
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    '… specialists on Aristotle's psychology … will find much in his account that is novel and provocative. And given his systematic approach, such readers will benefit from seeing links between different aspects of Aristotle's philosophy - links that Jiménez's interpretation brings to the fore and that deserve more examination than I have been able to give them here. Jiménez's work should spur on further thought about these difficult issues.' Matthew D. Walker, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107194182
    • length: 274 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Preliminaries to Aristotle's Concept of Mind:
    1. A dialectical argument in DA III.4
    2. The model of explanation in Aristotelian psychology
    3. Mind in body: Aristotelian arguments for embodiment
    Part II. The Activity of Aristotelian Mind:
    4. Making things intelligible: a commentary on DA III.5
    Part III. The Objects of Aristotelian Mind:
    5. Aristotelian essences: a commentary on Met. VII.4-12
    6. Aristotelian principles: a commentary on APo II.19
    Part IV. Aristotle on Thinking: The Time-Perception Model of Thinking:
    7. Aristotle's concept of time: a commentary on Phys. IV.10-4
    8. The role of time in Aristotle's account of perception
    9. Mind and time in Aristotle's account of meaning
    Works cited.

  • Author

    Erick Raphael Jiménez, California State University, Northridge
    Erick Raphael Jiménez is Lecturer in Philosophy at California State University, Northridge.

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