What is a power of the soul?: Aquinas' answer

Sapientia 60 (218):319-348 (2005)
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Does the soul have powers? If so, what general account can philosophy give of powers of the soul? One can broach some of Thomas Aquinas’s more obscure teachings concerning the soul and its powers, such as that the soul alone is the subject of some powers and that powers flow from the soul, by asking these broad questions. Many commentators have preferred, however, to focus on specific powers of the soul, which has resulted in detailed studies of, for example, the intellect and the will. Here, however, I take up powers of the soul in general and, through a causal analysis of their being, articulate what they are.



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