Edward Alam: "Soul Reflections: Apes, Anthropology, and Aristotle"

Rene Girard's transdisciplinary approach to the mystery of human origins produces a rich and sophisticated linguistic apparatus that sheds light on traditional Aristotelian accounts of the soul. In light of the work of anthropologists like Girard and while mustering up support from philosophers like Wittgenstein, the present reflections probe the nature of the new anthropological insights generated by the genetic revolution and specify how these new scientific insights may be able to sustain a revival of Aristotelian accounts of form--analogous to the way the revolution in physics has so far sustained a revival of Aristotle's account of matter.

2008 July 16

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