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Lifes Form: Late Aristotelian Conceptions of the Soul Dennis Des Chene

Lifes Form: Late Aristotelian Conceptions of the Soul

Dennis Des Chene

Published September 29th 2000
ISBN : 9780801437632
Hardcover
220 pages
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Dennis Des Chene explores how Western philosophers understood life and the soul in the early modern period before Descartes radically changed how the universe was conceived. Lifes Form is a detailed analysis of the often overlooked work of theMoreDennis Des Chene explores how Western philosophers understood life and the soul in the early modern period before Descartes radically changed how the universe was conceived. Lifes Form is a detailed analysis of the often overlooked work of the Jesuit commentators on Aristotle whose writings dominated Western European science and the academy until the mechanistic revolution. Des Chene considers the work of scholastic writers such as Suarez and the Coimbrans, who provided thorough and sometimes profound studies of Aristotles definitions of the soul and of life.Lifes Form is not restricted only to questions relevant to the human case, such as the immortality of the soul. Des Chene analyzes what might be called the protobiology of late Aristotelians: the theory of living things in general, of their powers, and of the relation between soul and body in all organisms. His mastery of doctrinal subtlety offers insight into conceptual issues of renewed relevance to the philosophy of biology.