Aristotle, Death, and the Soul


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Aristotle, Death, and the Soul
Aristotle – as with many philosophers past and present – was fascinated with the reality behind the idea of the soul. Gaining a glimpse of that reality would, in turn, provide insight into life and death – and human existence. For Aristotle, it was not enough to state simply that the non-physical soul, because of its differing from the physical body, was immortal. The path to the articulation of the soul’s immortality, therefore, had to be rigorous and methodical. In the following analysis, Aristotle’s path to the declaration of the immortality of the soul will be divided into four sections. Each section will address a particular question – with the questions being: Is there life after death? What happens...
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.....rtal part of the soul exists; that, yes, death is the end of existence; and finally, that Aristotle is correct in his separation of the soul and insistence on only part of the soul being immortal. The strength of Aristotle’s argument is in his eagerness to address those questions pertaining to the soul that can be answered; and his reluctance to address those questions that cannot be answered. Such an angle of attack has allowed his work to stay relevant for generations. Aristotle is clear that there is something which survives death; he is not clear on what that something is and how it comes to be reintegrated into the physical world.
Works Cited
Aristotle. “
Anima.” Introductory Readings in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy. 276-286.