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The Soul's Instrument for Touching in Aristotle, On the Soul II 11, 422b34–423a21

Abraham P. Bos1


Citation Information: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie. Volume 92, Issue 1, Pages 89–102, ISSN (Online) 1613-0650, ISSN (Print) 0003-9101, DOI: 10.1515/AGPH.2010.004, March 2010

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From ancient times Aristotle, On the Soul II 11, 422b34ff. on the perception of touch has remained incomprehensible. We can only start to understand the text when we see that Aristotle, in talking about “the ensouled body” (423a13), means “the soul's instrumental body” and views this as the actual instrument for the perception of touch. The visible body is only an intermediary between the soul-body and the object of touch.

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