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By Herbert A. Davidson

"Nothing of similar breadth or intensity and caliber of study and argument exists in this subject today....Davidson's first-class contribution to the research of the certainty of mind within the heart a while belongs not just in each learn library but in addition within the own libraries of all critical scholars of Medieval philosophical and spiritual thought."--Journal of Neoplatonic Studies

"The literary and philosophic issues addressed during this monograph are probably the main tough to decipher within the background of Western notion. due to Davidson's embattled "history of philosophic ideas" and his uncanny knack for checking out textual and conceptual confusions, the unique that means and next interpretations of Aristotelian cosmology and mind are not any longer so hazy and intimidatingly enigmatic."-- The magazine of the organization for Jewish reviews

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The intellect. . from surviving"142; "intellect. . "144 The exact intent of the statements, assuming them to be consistent and to have a single intent, turns on several questions of interpretation, namely, whether "intellect" in each instance means the potential human intellect, the human intellect after it has passed to actuality, or the active intellect; whether or not Aristotle viewed the active intellect as a transcendent being145; and whether "passive intellect" in the last quotation is identical with potential intellect.

42 above) 75. 9. Cf. Zeller (n. 115 above) 603^t. 127 "Soul emanates [tufid] its power over this entire world,... and nothing corporeal... 129 Plotinus' Intellect, which was seen to be a direct source of some or all human intellectual thought, is thus also the ultimate cause of the emanation of the entire physical universe. His cosmic Soul is the immediate emanating source of the matter of the universe, including the matter of the sublunar region, and of forms manifested in matter. In the sublunar world, those forms range from the four elements to the human soul.

125 Cf. Armstrong (n. 42 above) 75. 9. Cf. Zeller (n. 115 above) 603^t. 127 "Soul emanates [tufid] its power over this entire world,... and nothing corporeal... 129 Plotinus' Intellect, which was seen to be a direct source of some or all human intellectual thought, is thus also the ultimate cause of the emanation of the entire physical universe. His cosmic Soul is the immediate emanating source of the matter of the universe, including the matter of the sublunar region, and of forms manifested in matter.

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