Aristotle on the Unity of the Nutritive and Reproductive Functions

Phronesis 65 (4):414-466 (2020)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
In De Anima 2.4, Aristotle claims that nutritive soul encompasses two distinct biological functions: nutrition and reproduction. We challenge a pervasive interpretation which posits ‘nutrients’ as the correlative object of the nutritive capacity. Instead, the shared object of nutrition and reproduction is that which is nourished and reproduced: the ensouled body, qua ensouled. Both functions aim at preserving this object, and thus at preserving the form, life, and being of the individual organism. In each case, we show how Aristotle’s detailed biological analysis supports this ontological argument.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
COAAOT
Upload history
Archival date: 2021-04-28
View other versions
Added to PP index
2020-11-10

Total views
61 ( #48,769 of 2,427,681 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
46 ( #16,798 of 2,427,681 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.