To be handled with care. Alexander on nature as a passive power

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Abstract

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.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationSoul and Mind in Greek Thought. Psychological Issues in Plato and Aristotle
EditorsMarcelo D. Boeri, Yahei Kanayama, Jorge Mittelmann
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Chapter11
Pages217-231
Number of pages24
Volume20
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-78547-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-78546-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameStudies in the History of Philosophy of Mind
PublisherSpringer International Pusblishing
Volume20

Keywords

  • soul
  • unmoved mover
  • nature
  • craft analogy

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