Philoponus on the Dual Character of the Soul as Entelecheia of the Body
Keywords:Aristotle, Philoponus, Soul, Entelecheia, Separation
Commentators are puzzled by Aristotle’s remark about the possibility of the soul being in the body like a sailor in a ship at the end of De an. ii.1, a chapter where the soul is described as the inseparable entelecheia of the body. Based on Philoponus’ account of the soul as a dual entelecheia and considering the phenomenological way in which we come to know the soul, I explain that the soul may be both inseparable from the body as its entelecheia and yet separable in another respect.