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Aristotle And The Soul Essay

751 words - 4 pages

Aristotle and the Soul Versus Health Care
Ashley Pagan
Introduction to Philosophy
Dr. J
May 26, 2012

Aristotle and the Soul Versus Health Care
While Aristotle did not believe in a supernatural Creator or God, he did believe in the human soul. However, Aristotle’s beliefs concerning the human soul differed from the thoughts of those of Plato under whom he studied. Aristotle believed that the soul or “ultimate purpose” describes one’s unique purpose within the natural order (Chaffee, 2011). Unlike Plato, Aristotle’s views concerning the soul were in no way supernatural. He believed that everything consisted of matter and form. Matter was the stuff that makes up the material universes ...view middle of the document...

Hence there must be a substance in the sense of the form of a natural body having life potentially within it,” (Whitefish, 2005). Aristotle also states; “… for every part of a living body is an organ of the soul. Evidently then, all such parts are for the sake of the soul, which is their natural end,” (Chaffee, 2011). Having determined that souls need nourishment, have sensation (pain, pleasure, desire) and that they can think, calculate, and imagine, would it not be right and prudent to assist this entity called "soul" (that moves through a society by using a body which needs nutrition/nurture to slow or prevent its decay) to endure and persist as long as possible in the midst of others like itself? Would humankind not be better off if the vehicle of social interaction (body with soul) was cared for and nourished, not only by itself, but assisted and nurtured by other such vehicles in a society? Also would there not be an alteration in its growth, perception, calculation and imagination that resulted in a higher probability of positive (good) consequences or actions, (Papadimos, 2007)?
While the need to nourish and care of the soul and body to prevent or slow...

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