Our second discussion of De Anima or On the Soul (350 BCE), this time on book 3.
What is the intellect? In ep. 130, we talked about Aristotle’s idea of the soul as the form of the body and about two of its functions or parts: the nutritive and the sensitive. Here we talk more about how sensation is supposed to work according to Aristotle, and how the sense organs interact with each other. Aristotle doesn’t think, like Kant, that the mind synthesizes data from the senses to create objects. Rather, that synthesis already happens just at the level of sense, that we perceive whole objects and not points in space. We talk about how this then relates to the faculty of imagination, and finally, the intellect (nous, in Greek).
This continues the discussion from ep. 130 and includes a preview of the Aftershow featuring Rebecca Goldner with Wes, host Danny Lobell, and PEL listeners. You can listen with your PEL Citizenship, or watch it on YouTube.
End song: “Wonderful You” (live 2001) by an early incarnation of Madison Lint called the Lint Emporium.
Aristotle image by by Sterling Bartlett.