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Erick Raphael Jiménez, Aristotle's Concept of Mind, Cambridge University Press, 2017, 265pp., $99.99, ISBN 9781108151825.
Reviewed by Matthew D. Walker, Yale-NUS College
Erick Raphael Jiménez articulates a systematic account of Aristotle's view of mind (nous). He translates the Greek nous as "mind" on the grounds that other translations, such as "intellect," portray nous as a faculty (p. 12). Jiménez rejects this portrayal: nous is "not simply a naturally given faculty for the perception of a certain sort of perceptible" (p. 16), and "not possessed simply 'by nature'" (p. 44). On the contrary, Jiménez holds -- as his book's first main thesis -- that mind is a "virtue rather than a natural capacity" (p. 7), "a state of intellectual excellence, and not a potentiality like sensation" (p. 33). Nous is attained through actively coming to understand: "Mind and understanding are not potentialities predating...
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