OXFORD TUTORIALS

GBT 2 Study Questions Pt. 5
De Anima

19. De Anima, II: 1-7, 11-12

1. Explain- "Matter is potentiality, form actuality" (II.1)

2. Why does Aristotle dismiss the question as to whether the soul and body are one? (II.1)

3. If the eye were an animal, what would its soul be? (II.1)

4. Why is the soul of some plants potentially many? (II.2)

5. Why does Aristotle think that it was a mistake for former thinkers to place souls into bodies regardless of the bodies’ form? (II.2)

6. Enumerate the psychic powers. (II.3)

7. Explain Aristotle’s comparison of a triangle and its figure with the body and its’ soul. (II.3)

8. How can living things attempt to participate in the divine? (II.4)

9. In what three ways is the soul the cause of the body? (II.4)

10. Define "transparent." (II.7)

11. Why is light necessary for color? (II.7)

12. Why must there be a medium in order to see color? (II.7)

13. What does Aristotle’s think he proves by observing that an object cannot be viewed if it is placed on the eye itself? (II.11)

14. What is a sense? (II.12)


20. De Anima, III: 3-13; I: 4, 408b 18-30

1. How are thinking and sensation similiar? (III.3)

2. How does Aristotle show the difference between sense and imagination? (III.3)

3. Aristotle says that if thinking is like perceiving, "the soul is acted upon by what is capable of being thought." Explain this sentence. (III.4)

4. How does Aristotle argue that the mind must not be attached to the body? (III.4)

5. "The mind is in a sense potentially whatever is thinkable, though actually nothing until it has thought" Explain. (III.4)

6. When one thinks of an inmaterial object, why are the thought and the object identical? Give examples. (III.4)

7. "Actual knowledge is identical with its object." Do you argee? Give an example. (III.7)

8. How do mind and appetite combine to produce movement? (III.10)

9. Why is the realizable good "that which moves without itself being moved?" (III.10)

10. Even though the mental functions decay, how does Aristotle argue that the mind itself does not decay? (I.4 408b 18-30)