The image of the physician who heals himself –which is supposed to shed light on the way φύσις works upon physical bodies– does double duty in Aristotle’s works. When it enters the scene for the first time, it does so as a model of coincidental causation, that may lure us into thinking that nature acts in very much the same way. But when the image reappears a few chapters later, Aristotle seems eager to highlight the affinities linking the workings of nature to those of the doctor who operates upon himself (Physics 199b31–32). These two instances of the example need not be mutually inconsistent, however. The paper discusses Alexander' troubled reception of this twofold Aristotelian comparison.
|Title of host publication||Soul and Mind in Greek Thought. Psychological Issues in Plato and Aristotle|
|Editors||Marcelo D. Boeri, Yahei Kanayama, Jorge Mittelmann|
|Place of Publication||Switzerland|
|Publisher||Springer International Publishing AG|
|Number of pages||24|
|State||Published - 2018|
|Name||Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind|
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