PHIL 7791 Aristotle and Plotinus: On the Soul (Spring: 3 )
This course focuses on theories of sensation and knowledge found in the writings of Aristotle and Plotinus. Understanding Aristotle's position necessitates familiarity with the material in Parva Naturalia to supplement the more restricted discussion of the De Anima. While Plotinus assumes a Platonic soul, he imports much of Aristotle's structure, material from the Stoics, and the medical tradition of Galen and others. These resources allow him to give for the first time in the Western tradition a full theory of consciousness. Plotinus' achievement shows how the insights of his predecessors can be combined in a remarkably fruitful way.
Instructor(s): Gary M. Gurtler, S.J.
Last Updated: 05-Mar-14