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Does Aristotle Refute the Harmonia Theory of the Soul?

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In Aristotle’s On the Soul he considers and refutes two versions of the harmonia theory of the soul’s relation to the body. According to the harmonia theory, the soul is to the body what the tuning of a musical instrument is to its material parts. Though he believes himself to have entirely dismissed the view, he has not. I argue that Aristotle’s hylomorphic account is, in fact, an instance of the harmonia theory.

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Young, D. (2013). Does Aristotle Refute the Harmonia Theory of the Soul?. Open Journal of Philosophy, 3, 47-54. doi: 10.4236/ojpp.2013.31008.

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