η κινησις της τεχνης: Crafts and souls as principles of change

Patricio A. Fernandez, Jorge Mittelmann

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations

Abstract

Aristotle's soul is a first principle (an 'efficient cause') of every vital change in an animal, in the way that a craft is a cause of its product's coming-to-be. We argue that the soul's causal efficacy cannot therefore be reduced to the formal constitution of vital phenomena, or to discrete interventions into independently constituted processes, but involves the exercise of vital powers. This reading does better justice to Aristotle's conception of craft as a rational productive disposition; and it captures the soul's continuous causal role as that which brings about all forms of vital change and underwrites their unity.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)136-169
Number of pages34
JournalPhronesis
Volume62
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Aristotle
  • craft analogy
  • efficient cause
  • powers
  • soul
  • unmoved mover

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'η κινησις της τεχνης: Crafts and souls as principles of change'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this