Aristotle’s critique of Timaean psychology

Jason Wade Carter

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Of all the criticisms that Aristotle gives of his predecessors’ theories of soul in De anima I.3–5, none seems more unmotivated than the ones directed against the world soul of Plato’s Timaeus. Against the current scholarly consensus, I claim that the status of Aristotle’s criticisms is philosophical rather than eristical, and that they provide important philosophical reasons, independent of Phys. VIII.10 and Metaph. Λ.6, for believing that νοῦς is without spatial extension, and that its thinking is not a physical motion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-78
Issue number1
Early online date18 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2017


  • Timaeus
  • World soul
  • Soul
  • Nous
  • Intellect
  • Thought
  • De anima
  • Extension
  • Plato
  • Early academy
  • Myth


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