[lit-ideas] Brevity . . . wit.

  • From: "Henninge, Richard" <henninri@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2013 06:18:49 +0000

From the wall of Bart Simpson's classroom.

Richard Henninge
University of Mainz

Date: Sat, 05 Jan 2013 19:46:19 -0800
From: Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx>
Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: The Immortality of the Soul of a Chicken

JL writes

> Indeed. One of my favourite Greek (or whatever) words ever is ENTHYMEME,
> which is like a cancelled implicature ("Dorothy Parker was a wit, and so she
> frequented the Algonquin").
> For Aristotle, enthymeme as it [name] indicates means, "in-the-heart". I
> believe Aristotle thought the soul was located in the heart. Geary thinks it
> is  located elsewhere.

Aristotle doesn't think the soul is located anywhere. It disappears
('dies' would be an unhelpful rendering) when the body or organ for
which it was the essential function--roughly, that which makes a thing
what it is--no longer has that function. When the soul goes away it just
goes away.

In de Anima, he offers this analogy: if the eye were an animal, vision
would be its soul. If an eye can no longer see, it ceases to have a soul.

'Suppose that the eye were an animal-sight would have been its soul, for
sight is the substance or essence of the eye which corresponds to the
formula, the eye being merely the matter of seeing; when seeing is
removed the eye is no longer an eye, except in name-it is no more a real
eye than the eye of a statue or of a painted figure.'

--Somebody's translation of de Anima

Robert Paul,
standing in for Walter


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