17. Aristotle's Psychology

  1. Mary Louise Gill2 and
  2. Pierre Pellegrin3
  1. Victor Caston

Published Online: 8 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305845.ch17

A Companion to Ancient Philosophy

A Companion to Ancient Philosophy

How to Cite

Caston, V. (2012) Aristotle's Psychology, in A Companion to Ancient Philosophy (eds M. L. Gill and P. Pellegrin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305845.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Brown University, USA

  2. 3

    National Center for Scientific Research (Paris), France

Author Information

  1. University of Michigan, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 2 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631210610

Online ISBN: 9781444305845



  • Aristotle's psychology;
  • Aristotle's psychology, what he calls as the “study of the soul”;
  • the soul, as activities peculiar to living things;
  • soul–body relation, central concepts of Aristotle's metaphysics;
  • body and soul, conjoining of matter and form for the existence of the individual;
  • functionalism, mental state and functional role, constraining the states playing it;
  • functionalism, the Ramsey-Lewis method, of causal relations to one another;
  • downward causation as compatible with functionalism, being compatible with supervenience


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Soul–Body Relation

  • Perception

  • Phantasia

  • Thought

  • Bibliography