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How Aristotle Changes Anaxagoras’s Mind (2019)


I argue that a common interpretation of DA 3.4, which sees Aristotle as there rejecting Anaxagoras’s account of mind, is mistaken. Instead, I claim that, in providing his solution to the main puzzles of this chapter, Aristotle takes special care to preserve the essential features that he thinks Anaxagoras ascribes to mind, namely, its ability to know all things, its being unmixed, and its inability to be affected by mixed objects.

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Authors & Contributors
Sisko, John E.
Graham, Daniel W.
Laks, André
Ellis, John H.
Wedin, Michael V.
Caston, Victor
Apeiron: Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science
Ancient Philosophy
Southern Journal of Philosophy
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
University of California Press
Cambridge University Press
University of Toronto Press
Publications de la Sorbonne
Oxford University Press
Philosophy of mind
Pre-Socratic philosophers
Soul (philosophy)
Anaxagoras of Clazomenae
Empedocles of Agrigentum
Alexander of Aphrodisias
Time Periods
17th century
10th century

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