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s/t: In the Version of William of Moerbeke & the Commentary of St. Thomas Aquinas
For the Pre-Socratic philosophers the soul was the source of movement and sensation, while for Plato it was the seat of being, metaphysically distinct from the body that it was forced temporarily to inhabit. Plato's student Aristotle was determined to test the truth of both these beliefs a...more
Published May 1st 2007 (first published 1956)
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One of the best written and thoroughly engaging texts to have come down to us, Aristotle here examines the essence of life, biologically (mechanically) and cognitively (theoretically). According the human being special status in terms of sensory activities, he proceeds to delineate how ideas arise and why actuality = essence. Hegel called this one the only significant work on spirit before his own; indeed, it is interesting.
كنت قد قرأت كتاب النفس لابن باجة وهو من اكبر شراح ارسطاطاليس بعد ابن سينا وقد وضح علم النفس على منهج ارسطو
اعجبني مما جاء بكتابه قوله

من لا يوثق بأنه يعرف حال نفسه فهو اخلق ان لا يوثق به في معرفة غيره

أما كتاب النفس لارسطو فقد رأيته ممتعاً اكثر من كتب الشرح بل وابسط
الكتاب هنا من ثلاثة اجزاء الاول في مذاهب القدماء الرئيسية في النفس والثانية في تعريف النفس وطبيعتها وجوهرها وتركيبها واللوازم التي تتعلق بالاحوال التي تخص النفس بالذات والاحوال التي تخصها في الحيوان وحركتها ويصف النفس انها منقسمة فجزء من...more
Sawsan Alotaibi
التقرير لاحقاً ان شاء الله

لكن التحقيق جميييييييييييل من نسختين انجليزيتين من أجود النسخ كما ذكر + مقارنة مع كتاب النفس لابن رشد اللي هو من هذا الكتلب + مراجعة على اليونانية من الأب جورج.

أقل الفائدة نطلع ببعض المصطلحات بدلالتها اليونانية
Bob Nichols
De Anima is soul and soul is life and its capacity for self-movement. It stands in contrast to inorganic matter that is moved but does not move itself. Aristotle breaks down the soul into the nutritive faculty, sense perception, intellect and desire. These components of soul are arranged hierarchically so that plants are limited to the nutritive faculty, and animals are largely limited to the nutritive faculty and sense perception. Only humans have intellect and desire (intentional movement towa...more
Brian Schiebout
On the Soul or De Anima is a scientific treatise by Aristotle. My copy was translated from the Greek by J. A. Smith. On the Soul is Aristotle's study of the life giving force present in animals and plants. While it might be as easily called on the brain for its main focus it instead like the modern science calls itself the study of the soul or psychology. To begin his study of psychology Aristotle shows why the previous philosophers views of the soul were either completely irrational or inaccura...more
اعجبني الكثر ولكن اكثر ما اعجبني قوله عن "التخيل"
لما كان التفكير مختلفا عن الاحساس وكان يبدو من امره انه يشمل التخيل من جهه والاعتقاد من جهه اخري ,فيجب بعد تحديد طبيعه التخيل ان نفحص ايضا الاعتقاد.
اذا كان التخيل اذن هو القوه التي بها نقول ان الصوره تحصل فينا وذا ضربنا صفحا استعمال المجاز لهذا الاصلاح فأننا نقول ان التخيل ليس الا قوه او حااااااااااااااله نحكم بها ونستيطع ان نكون علي صواب او خطأ والامر كذلللللللللك في الاحساس بالظن والعلم والعقل.
Tyler Windham
De Anima ("on the soul") is the third work of Aristotle's that I have had the pleasure to leaf through (the other two being Ethics and Politics) and I must say it left a very ambiguous--but far from indifferent--impression upon me. It is transcribed in the usual style of a work of Aristotle so it would, of course, be erroneous to expect any conspicuous writing, so what of the content? De Anima, without doubt, articulately addresses a very interesting dilemma; the nature of the soul. In his tripa...more
I'm not a huge fan. It seems like a whole lotta nonsense to me, but hey, whad-do I know?
Regina Hunter
Not funny like Plato, but still quite entertaining.
Apr 24, 2011 Dan marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Anom Astika
Empat hari empat malam ku habiskan waktu untuk membaca teks klasik yang terdiri dari tiga jilid ini. Itu pun karena aku harus menghadapi ujian lisan mata kuliah seminar buku ini di STF Driyarkara. Awalnya tak ku mengerti satu pun maksud dari kalimat kalimat yang terdapat dalam buku tersebut. Mau apa sebenarnya Aristoteles dengan buku ini. Lambat laun setelah mulai membaca dengan tekun bab pertama, sampai ke bagian pertengahannya, "Gila!! Inilah dasar dasar metode berpikir ilmiah". Mengapa karena...more
Back in late 2011 I decided to read back through the philosophical canon and to read some works I hadn't before and re-read some I had. I had not read De Anima.

It is one of those works which gives you insight into intellectual history, as many of the ideas proposed here had deep influence throughout our Western tradition, even if much of the science is incorrect. I enjoyed a few giggles even here and there.

This contains Aristotle's distinctions on souls and his discussion of the five senses and...more
Luka Račić
Evo dela koje svaki ljubitelj lepote i istine treba da pročita.
Iako sam imao nesreću da se prvi put susretnem sa njime u prevodu Slobodana Blagojevića - nesreću, jer SB nema smisla za jezik, u štampu daje needitovane, negramatične prve verzije prevoda, koje ni on sam, a ni lektori nikada ne pogledaju - ipak sam uživao.
Naravno, uvek je tu lepše Penguin-ovo izdanje koje je priredio Hju Loson-Tankred (tasoovsko prezime je doista ominozno).

Aristotelovo kratko, ali vrlo uticajno delo čitaoca snabdeva...more
Luis Salas
I couldn't find the Ross commentary on De Anima, otherwise I would have used it rather than the OCT. Ross' commentary on De Anima is the standard.

At any rate, De Anima is spectacular. It's easily my favorite Aristotle, also possibly for sentimental reasons. In fact, though, De Anima is a great foray into questions of identity, arguably laying the groundwork for or at least anticipating materialist and property dualist positions. There is the knotted issue of 3.5, on which too much has been writt...more
James Benson
One of the more interesting of Aristotles' books, it asks the fundamental question, "What is the soul" and gets about as far with finding an answer as we get today. Gives a nice overview of his contemporaries on the matter, and tries to tie this subject in with his other seminal works (metaphysics, biology, etc.). Because of this, it's not the best book by Aristotle to start with, rather, read it after a grounding in his physics, then his metaphysics and biology, to appreciate his philosophical...more
This book, and St. Thomas Aquinas's response to it, form some of the basis of what we know today to be traditional Christian thought. This book makes you really think and confront what is going on here.
Erik Graff
Dec 05, 2010 Erik Graff rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Aristotle fans
Recommended to Erik by: Karen Engdahl
Shelves: philosophy
I read this edition of De Anima while visiting an old high school friend, Walter, and his wife, Karen, up in Springfield, Vermont, reading most of it in the sole downtown cafe. I found it quite boring, but, being resolved to spend a part of each vacation day in self-edification, managed to finish the thing.
Oscar Romèro
Of course most of the details are very outdated, but not everything is completely off. He predicts, for instance, nourishment as providing "heat" - calories and thermodynamics, anyone?

Fascinating as always - Aristotle proper. An enjoyable read if at least for an insight into how the ancients thought.
Michael Joosten
Want to know how humans are different from animals (and plants)? Want to know what a human soul does? Want to understand vast tracts of philosophical thinking in the western tradition? Then read De Anima--just be prepared to read it very slowly. Also don't try it when sleepy--keep the coffee close!
Again, a fine bit of work with some fun questions and interestingly profound stuff.

Aristotle is one of the saddest losses to the Western world. If we actually had books by him, perhaps his influence over and against Plato would be fixed.
For my money, the doctrine of the active intellect is the height ancient western thought. Even though no one would agree with it now, this is a striking and deeply fascinating picture of the human mind (psyche, soul).
Aristotle invents the study of the 'Psyche', literally, the 'soul', which he analyzes as containing three parts--vegetative, animal, and rational, and which is inseparable from the physical body.
Andrew Cutler
Often called 'On the soul' but also referred to as Aristotle's "Psychology" this text deals with the nature of the MIND, including a famous passage about a part of the intellect that survives death.
A nice review of the literature and then a scientific, but abstract, discussion about the things the soul might be -- parts vs. not, a cause of motion vs. not, a source of deliberation or not.
Algirdas Brukštus
Tai, ką Aristotekis aprašė kaip sielą, puikiai realizavo neurofiziologija, psichologija. Aristoteliui siela yra gyvybė, judėjimas, pojūčiai, protas, jausmai.
Ross lays out a good synopsis of the work in his introduction, although I'm still not sure why he calls it "Aristotle's Psychological Theory."
Micah Harding
I would only reveal my ignorance if I attempted to comment on this book excepting that I too like things Aristotle, things are good.
The Stagirite is one of the fundamentally necessary writers to read. The others are Aquinas, Peirce, Plato, and probably Whitehead.
I'm not particularly interested in souls, but had to read this book for one of my courses... and it's always a pleasure to read Aristotle.
"Душата, в крайна сметка, е всичко съществуващо.

И ако душата се състои от три части, то във всяка от тях ще се намира желание."
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