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Aristotle's ManSpeculations upon Aristotelian Anthropology$
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Stephen R.L. Clark

Print publication date: 1975

Print ISBN-13: 9780198245162

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198245162.001.0001

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(p.174) V.3. Nous
Aristotle's Man

Stephen R.L. Clark

Oxford University Press

This chapter makes use of Buddhist and Neo-Confucian parallels: ‘there is a universal mind in which all sages participate, be they from east, south, west or north, past or future’. It hopes that it makes this view seem plausible, in both its literal and metaphorical sense. The chapter then follows Alexander of Aphrodisias in identifying poetic nous with the Prime Mover. The intuition of the world as a unitary whole reveals the nature of things and gives only deathlessness. In this, Aristotle is at one with the doctrines of Ch'an Buddhism. Theoria, theo-ria, is the practice of enlightenment.

Keywords:   nous, Aristotle, Ch'an Buddhism, Buddhist, Neo-Confucian, Alexander, Aphrodisias, Prime Mover

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