Human Nature According to Aristotle


Antonio Prevosti Monclús


Espíritu: ISSN 0014-0716, Year 60, Issue 141 (jan-jun), 2011, pages 35-50




First, Aristotle’s general concept of nature is explained, on the basis of its definition in the Physics as an intrinsic principle of change, and also it is shown that this concept represents the essential link that exists between being and change in things. On this basis, Aristotle’s view of human nature is presented, ascending from corporeal to psychic characteristics, and finally to the intellect, which is immaterial and independent from the body, in order to see that this view is the ground on which Aristotle’s ethical and political theses are founded.

Key words:

Aristotle, nature, human nature, man.



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