Living Without a Soul: Why God and the Heavenly Movers Fall Outside of Aristotle’s Psychology

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I argue that Aristotle's science of the soul only covers sublunary living things. Aristotle cannot properly ascribe soul to unmoved movers since they do not have any capacities that are distinct from their activities or any matter to be structured. Heavenly bodies do not have souls in the way that mortal living things do, because their matter is not subject to alteration or generation. These beings do not fit into the hierarchy of soul powers that Aristotle relies on to provide unity to soul. Their living consists in their activities, not in having a capacity for activity.
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