Mortal Imitations of Divine Life: The Nature of the Soul in Aristotle's De Anima

2017.05.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Eli Diamond, Mortal Imitations of Divine Life: The Nature of the Soul in Aristotle's De Anima, Northwestern University Press,
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2017.05.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Eli Diamond, Mortal Imitations of Divine Life: The Nature of the Soul in Aristotle's De Anima, Northwestern University Press, 2015, 333pp., $39.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780810130692. Reviewed by Klaus Corcilius, University of California, Berkeley This is a book not on Plato, as the main title might suggest, but on Aristotle's De anima (DA). Eli Diamond offers a reading of the DA as "quietly but constantly theological", according to which "mind" (41) is the formal and final cause of all kinds of soul (nutritive, perceptual, noetic). Each stage on the ascending series of kinds of soul described in DA II 3 is, as Diamond writes in his preface, the "very activity, which is God, though with starkly varying degrees of success." (xi). This is a thesis reminiscent of Plotinus Enn. III 8 (not mentioned by Diamond), but completely unacceptable as an interpretation of the text of the DA: there is no passage in the work, or. . .

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