Wed, Jun 30 | Zoom

Emily Kress, "What Tools do you Need to Build an Animal? Heat and Coldness in Aristotle’s Generation of Animals"

Aristotle analogizes the generation of an animal to what happens in craft production: just as a builder uses a saw and a hammer as “tools” to build a house, so too the soul uses “tools” to build an animal. Emily identifies and attempts to resolve a puzzle about these tools.

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Jun 30, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
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Aristotle analogizes the generation of an animal to what happens in craft production: just as a builder uses a saw and a hammer as “tools” to build a house, so too the soul uses “tools” to build an animal. I identify and attempt to resolve a puzzle about these tools: how can Aristotle hold both that what the tools do just is what soul does (GA 740b27-8), and also that the tools and the soul do different things (734b31-735a4)? My solution appeals to Aristotle's account of the role of capacities in efficient causation.

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