Jorge Mittelmann's research while affiliated with University of the Andes (Chile) and other places

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This paper presents a reading of Metaphysics Z.10–11 according to which both chapters outline two main definienda : forms and material substances or compounds, each of which is governed by its own peculiar constraints. Forms include formal parts alone; furthermore, they are the main definable items and enjoy the strictest possible unity. However, t...
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Heat, Pneuma, and Soul in Ancient Philosophy and Science - edited by Hynek Bartoš March 2020
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Aristotle’s argument against Timaeus’ view of intellection as an endless circular motion can be divided into two main sections: a categorial one, which rests upon the impossibility of intertwining material and immaterial ingredients into a single (albeit twofold) substance; and a geometrical one, which highlights those features of circular magnitud...
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John Ackrill argued that Aristotelian bodies are conceptually promiscuous, since they fail to exemplify the modal relations that are expected to hold between their matter and their form. Although “potentially alive”, organic bodies are bound to be ensouled, on pain of lacking the required potential; but to the extent that they are ensouled, they ar...
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Aristotle’s broad characterization of the soul has been challenged on account of its reliance on the notion of a “potentially alive body”. J. L. Ackrill famously claimed that no body can meet this description without being already actually alive. By a close inspection of both metaphysical and embryological texts, this paper argues that (1) it is em...
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In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: "Dans une étude dédiée au livre Z de la Métaphysique d’Aristote, Francis Wolff avança une hypothèse novatrice, qui allait à l’encontre de l’opinion reçue selon laquelle les critères successifs qu’Aristote énonce au cours de ce livre débouchent sur deux réponses incompatibles à la ques...
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This book offers new insights into the workings of the human soul and the philosophical conception of the mind in Ancient Greece. It collects essays that deal with different but interconnected aspects of that unified picture of our mental life shared by all Ancient philosophers who thought of the soul as an immaterial substance. The papers present...
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Alexander’s comments on Aristotle’s Metaphysics often uncover fruitful doctrinal tensions that help deepen our understanding of some Peripatetic tenets, by disclosing implications that would otherwise lay hidden. Nowhere else does this become clearer than in Alexander’s exposition of the several meanings of δύναμις laid down by Aristotle in his phi...
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Aristotle’s soul is a first principle (an ‘efficient cause’) of every vital change in an animal, in the way that a craft is a cause of its product’s coming-to-be. We argue that the soul’s causal efficacy cannot therefore be reduced to the formal constitution of vital phenomena, or to discrete interventions into independently constituted processes,...
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Aristotle, wax, and soul: on the scope of the common account of α?σθησις. This paper focuses on the "disappointing" nature of the last few sentences of De Anima II 12, where it is Aristotle's intention to specify what smell is apart from the immaterial reception of a scent by the nose. It has been argued that the concluding remarks of the chapter s...
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This paper focuses on the "disappointing" nature of the last few sentences of De Anima II 12, where it is Aristotle's intention to specify what smell is apart from the immaterial reception of a scent by the nose. It has been argued that the concluding remarks of the chapter scarcely advance our understanding of sensible knowledge, in so far as they...
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Este artículo intenta comparar dos interpretaciones diferentes de la relación entre una capacidad y su correspondiente actualidad en Física III. El autor se concentra en la legitimidad de una distinción entre “capacidad de ser” y “capacidades de devenir”. Esta distinción se aplica a la interpretación de la definición de movimiento de Aristóteles. M...
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It has long since been acknowledged that Aristotle’s nautical analogy (DA , 413a8–9) is hard to accommodate within the general framework of his hylomorphic psychology. This paper delves into two ancient accounts of the comparison which prove useful in dealing with its more intractable features. While Alexander of Aphrodisias tried to make sense of...
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This paper is concerned with the strategy that Aristotle devises in his Topics to deal with an opponent trying to override a definition on the basis of its saying the same thing twice (or even several times). On the one hand, it is argued that Aristotle's overall strategy owes less to specific features of definition itself than to the properties it...
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The aim of this paper is to point out a latent dilemma that lurks in the final chapters of the treatise De Motu Animalium (hereafter, MA), which threatens to undermine the Aristotelian understanding of organisms and the usual boundaries between the natural and the artificial. The difficulty arises when we consider some of the passages of the treati...
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Aristotle maintained that kind-membership is not a primitive fact about the world, but one which depends on the prior fact that some parcel of matter is shaped by a «form» or a functional set of capacities. These capacities enable the resulting composite to perform the proper operations of its species. So understood, the form works as a «principle»...
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this essay holds that one of the most compelling challenges that a psychology which is Peripatetic in inspiration must face is to keep the causal relevance of the soul within the three orders of physical change (movement, alteration, and growth) without turning the soul into an inner 'mover' that displaces the organism on account of being in contac...
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In his recent work on the concepts of appearance and reality in ancient Greek thought, Marcelo Boeri offers a detailed account of the role Aristotle assigns to the phantasiai, both in our moral and cognitive assessments. In the light of this somewhat unitary account of moral and epistemic mistakes, this paper takes further some of Boeri's suggestio...
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Este ensayo sostiene que uno de los desafíos más apremiantes que debe enfrentar una psicología de inspiración peripatética es el de conservar la relevancia causal del alma en los tres órdenes del cambio físico (traslación, alteración y crecimiento), sin hacer de ella un “motor” interno que desplace al organismo por hallarse en continuidad con él. E...

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... Plato defined love as a philosophical instinct for ideas' comprehension, in which physical connection is excluded. Plato's relation to emotions has no dimension of his own corporeality [3,16]. According to Galen (130-200 AD), the brain ventricles are considered the centers of intellect and emotions according to the "theory of brain chamber emotions". ...
... Дискуссию о самодвижении одушевленных и душе как движущей причине у Аристотеля см. у следующих авторов: Furley 1994;Richardson 1995;Berryman 2002;Gill 1994; Johansen 2012, 130-132; Mi elmann 2017;Bos 2000; Richardson 1995, 369-370;Sharples 2006; Mi elmann 2018;Mi elmann 2013;Cohen 1995; Frede 1995, 98-105; Whi ng 1995. ...