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Essays on Aristotle's De Anima$
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Martha C. Nussbaum and Amélie Oksenberg Rorty

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198236009

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019823600X.001.0001

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De Anima 2. 2–4 and the Meaning of Life

De Anima 2. 2–4 and the Meaning of Life

(p.185) 11 De Anima 2. 2–4 and the Meaning of Life
Essays on Aristotle's De Anima

Gareth B. Matthews

Oxford University Press

This essay constructs a picture of the meaning of life based on De Anima 2. 2-4. It shows that there are organisms that preserve their form through the exercise of identifiable functions. For an individual to be a short, living thing is for it to be one of these naturally species-preserving organisms. For an individual living thing to be actually living is for it to be able to perform one of the psychic or living functions appropriate to its species.

Keywords:   Aristotle, De Anima, life

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