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    Être en vie sans vraiment l’être? Autour du « corps naturel ayant la vie en puissance ».Jorge Mittelmann - 2019 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 101 (4):477-507.
    John Ackrill argued that Aristotelian bodies are conceptually promiscuous, since they fail to exemplify the modal relations that are expected to hold between their matter and their form. Although “potentially alive”, organic bodies are bound to be ensouled, on pain of lacking the required potential; but to the extent that they are ensouled, they are already actually alive. It seems odd to claim that a body may lack what it cannot help having. This paper claims that the standard solution falls (...)
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    ἡ κίνησις τῆς τέχνης: Crafts and Souls as Principles of Change.Patricio A. Fernandez & Jorge Mittelmann - 2017 - Phronesis 62 (2):136-169.
    Aristotle’s soul is a first principle (an ‘efficient cause’) of every vital change in an animal, in the way that a craft is a cause of its product’s coming-to-be. We argue that the soul’s causal efficacy cannot therefore be reduced to the formal constitution of vital phenomena, or to discrete interventions into independently constituted processes, but involves the exercise of vital powers. This reading does better justice to Aristotle’s conception of craft as a rational productive disposition; and it captures the (...)
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    Le Noyau et le Fondement.Jorge Mittelmann - forthcoming - Journal of Ancient Philosophy:54-71.
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    ¿Una imagen dualista en el De Anima de Aristóteles?Jorge Mittelmann - 2014 - Quaderns de Filosofia 1 (2).
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    Philoponus’ Potentially Ensouled Bodies.Jorge Mittelmann - 2023 - Ancient Philosophy 43 (1):195-218.
    In commenting on Aristotle’s κοινότατος λόγος of the soul – which portrays it as ‘the first actuality of a natural body having life in potentiality’– Philoponus suggests that seeds and embryos are not potentially alive bodies, despite ‘having become ready to receive life from the soul’ (209.17). To the extent that something’s suitability to be ensouled turns it eo ipso into a potentially alive thing, Philoponus’ remark may betray a contradiction, that can be handled by tinkering with the scope of (...)
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    Redundancia, definición y predicación: algunas lecciones de "Tópicos" VI 3.Jorge Mittelmann - 2013 - Anuario Filosófico 46 (1):167-189.
    El presente artículo expone los principales rasgos de la estrategia que Aristóteles diseña en los Tópicos para hacer frente a quien intenta invalidar una definición aduciendo que ésta dice dos lo mismo. Por una parte, se sostiene que ella se funda menos en rasgos específicos de la definición que en propiedades de la predicación en general. Por otra, se sugiere que en su resolución de la dificultad Aristóteles recurre a una habilidad dialéctica que podría resultar relevante para el diagnóstico de (...)
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    Defining Material Substance: A reading of Aristotle’s Metaphysics Z.10‒11.Jorge Mittelmann & Fabián Mié - 2022 - Rhizomata 10 (1):58-93.
    This paper presents a reading of Metaphysics Z.10–11 according to which both chapters outline two main definienda: forms and material substances or compounds, each of which is governed by its own peculiar constraints. Forms include formal parts alone; furthermore, they are the main definable items and enjoy the strictest possible unity. However, this does not preclude Aristotle from upgrading material compounds to the status of definable items in their own right. Z.10 explains this contention by making the compound’s sensible functional (...)
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  8. When Life Imitates Art: Vital Locomotion and Aristotle’s Craft Analogy.Patricio A. Fernandez & Jorge Mittelmann - 2020 - In Colin Guthrie King & Hynek Bartoš (eds.), Heat, Pneuma and Soul in Ancient Philosophy and Science. Cambridge: pp. 260-287.
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    Alexander and Aristotle on the efficient causality of the soul.Jorge Mittelmann - 2009 - Estudios de Filosofía (Universidad de Antioquia) 40:135-157.
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    Aristote, l''me et la cire. Sur la portée de la formule commune d'aisyhsiw.Jorge Mittelmann - 2016 - Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia 71 (1):1-24.
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    Alejandro y Aristóteles en torno a la causalidad motriz del alma.Jorge Mittelmann - 2009 - Estudios de Filosofía (Universidad de Antioquia) 40:135-157.
    Este ensayo sostiene que uno de los desafíos más apremiantes que debe enfrentar una psicología de inspiración peripatética es el de conservar la relevancia causal del alma en los tres órdenes del cambio físico (traslación, alteración y crecimiento), sin hacer de ella un “motor” interno que desplace al organismo por hallarse en continuidad con él. En caso de no sortear con éxito este escollo, tal psicología no podrá afirmar que el alma sea un ítem inextenso e impasible, sino (a lo (...)
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  12. Causes, Principles And Elements. Aristotle's Strategy In Metaphyscs ZH.Jorge Mittelmann - 2010 - Pensamiento 66 (249):865-884.
     
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  13. Causas, principios y elementos. La estrategia de Aristóteles en metafísica Z-H.Jorge Mittelmann - 2010 - Pensamiento 66 (249):865-884.
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    El surgimiento de la phantasía en la Grecia Clásica. Parecer y aparecer en Protágoras, Platón y Aristóteles.Jorge Mittelmann - 2010 - Cuadernos de Filosofía 55:153-157.
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  15. Es Un Ergon Aristotélico " Multiplemente Realizable"?Jorge Mittelmann - 2009 - Elenchos 30 (2):255-292.
    This paper aims to show that the distinction between two types of body , which is sometimes appealed to in order to clear up the Aristotelian definition of soul, sheds some light on the ontological status of prostheses and on the issue of the “multiple realizability” of life-functions. After discussing the strain that the definition of soul imposes upon the basic hylomorphic categories, the paper turns to the idea of a “functionally defined body”, whose organs are defined by the power (...)
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    Es Un Ergon Aristotélico " Multiplemente Realizable"?Jorge Mittelmann - 2009 - Elenchos 30 (2):255-292.
    This paper aims to show that the distinction between two types of body, which is sometimes appealed to in order to clear up the Aristotelian definition of soul, sheds some light on the ontological status of prostheses and on the issue of the “multiple realizability” of life-functions. After discussing the strain that the definition of soul imposes upon the basic hylomorphic categories, the paper turns to the idea of a “functionally defined body”, whose organs are defined by the power to (...)
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    Neoplatonic Sailors and Peripatetic Ships: Aristotle, Alexander, and Philoponus.Jorge Mittelmann - 2013 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 51 (4):545-566.
    The Opening Chapter of De Anima II, in which Aristotle outlines an extremely general and universally applicable characterization of the soul (κοινότατος λόγος), closes with a perplexing comparison, which seems to contradict the general drift of that definiens1. After carefully arguing that the body-soul relation is a token of the hylomorphic model, which accounts for the substantial unity of every natural compound, Aristotle writes, “[F]urther, it remains unclear [ἄδηλον] whether the soul may not be the actuality of its body in (...)
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    Peut-on avoir la vie en puissance? Sur la cohérence du κοινότατος λόγος de l’'me.Jorge Mittelmann - 2019 - Elenchos: Rivista di Studi Sul Pensiero Antico 40 (2):297-331.
    Aristotle’s broad characterization of the soul has been challenged on account of its reliance on the notion of a “potentially alive body”. J. L. Ackrill famously claimed that no body can meet this description without being already actually alive. By a close inspection of both metaphysical and embryological texts, this paper argues that (1) it is embryos (and not fully-formed organic bodies) who provide the right kind of potentially alive subjects and that (2) the schematic character of the soul’s common (...)
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    Soul and Mind in Greek Thought. Psychologial Issues in Plato and Aristotle.Marcelo D. Boeri, Yasuhira Y. Kanayama & Jorge Mittelmann (eds.) - 2018 - Cham: Springer.
    This book offers new insights into the workings of the human soul and the philosophical conception of the mind in Ancient Greece. It collects essays that deal with different but interconnected aspects of that unified picture of our mental life shared by all Ancient philosophers who thought of the soul as an immaterial substance. The papers present theoretical discussions on moral and psychological issues ranging from Socrates to Aristotle, and beyond, in connection with modern psychology. Coverage includes moral learning and (...)
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  20. Sobre apariencia y realidad en Aristóteles. La interpretación de Marcelo Boeri [On Appearance and Reality in Aristotle. Marcelo Boeri’s Interpretation].Jorge Mittelmann - 2009 - Dianoia 54 (63):209-222.
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  21. Ser y llegar a ser: un disenso interpretativo en torno a la definición aristotélica del movimiento.Jorge Mittelmann - 2006 - Tópicos 30:101-126.
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    Ser y llegar a ser.Jorge Mittelmann - 2006 - Tópicos: Revista de Filosofía 30:101-125.
    Este artículo intenta comparar dos interpretaciones diferentes de la relación entre una capacidad y su correspondiente actualidad en Física III. El autor se concentra en la legitimidad de una distinción entre “capacidad de ser” y “capacidades de devenir”. Esta distinción se aplica a la interpretación de la definición de movimiento de Aristóteles. Mittelmann discute la circularidad que parece resultar de un recurso a “capacidades dinámicas”; luego se propone mostrar que el modo alternativo de construir la posición de Aristóteles por referencia (...)
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    To Be Handled with Care: Alexander on Nature as a Passive Power.Jorge Mittelmann - 2018 - In Marcelo D. Boeri, Yasuhira Y. Kanayama & Jorge Mittelmann (eds.), Soul and Mind in Greek Thought. Psychologial Issues in Plato and Aristotle. Springer. pp. 217-232.
    Alexander’s comments on Aristotle’s Metaphysics often uncover fruitful doctrinal tensions that help deepen our understanding of some Peripatetic tenets, by disclosing implications that would otherwise lay hidden. Nowhere else does this become clearer than in Alexander’s exposition of the several meanings of δύναμις laid down by Aristotle in his philosophical lexicon. The point discussed therein is of the utmost importance: it concerns the well-known divide between active and passive capacities, whose joint activation brings about change, that most basic feature of (...)
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