On the Soul
Available in PDF, epub, and Kindle ebook. This book has 80 pages in the PDF version. This translation by J. A. Smith was originally published in 1931.
On the Soul is a major treatise by Aristotle on the nature of living things. His discussion centres on the kinds of souls possessed by different kinds of living things, distinguished by their different operations. Thus plants have the capacity for nourishment and reproduction, the minimum that must be possessed by any kind of living organism. Lower animals have, in addition, the powers of sense-perception and self-motion (action). Humans have all these as well as intellect.
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