Oct 3, 2018 in Philosophy

Melinda is more likely to be attracted to Aristotle's basic orientation and his views on the soul. First and foremost, her interest in convincing Melinda that the soul exists shows that she is into Aristotle’s theorem about the soul. According to Aristotle, she believes that the soul is most basic in the life of a person or an object. Aristotle argues that sight is the soul of an eye, writing is the soul of a pen, and hearing is the soul of an ear, etc. He concluded that soul is immortal for it is separable from the body. In a living thing, the primary actuality is the soul, while the secondary activity or the second actuality consists of nutrition, movements, reproduction, sensation, and life.

If Melinda became an Aristotelian, she would apply Mathew’s situation as per the De Anima (Apostle). With this, questions regarding the functionality of the soul in human beings can easily be answered. We find that there is a difference between the soul and the body and vital functions that are related to mental functions are not related to the soul. These mental functions include perception, desire, and some forms of thinking. As much as human beings are concerned, sensory impressions are engaged in every occurring thought. 

One of the exploitable weaknesses in Aristotelian approach is the failure to distinguish whether soul is a part of the body, whether it is separate from the body or it is only a part of the soul that is separable. Aristotle’s approach to existence of the soul is only driven by his philosophical methodology, as the approach gives hope that the answers to the mysterious questions of the soul will be found one day.

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