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Single Idea 6035

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 2. Psuche]

Full Idea

Epicurus says the soul is a blend of fiery stuff (for bodily warmth), airy stuff (rest), breath (motion), and a nameless stuff (sense-perception).

Gist of Idea

Soul is made of four stuffs, giving warmth, rest, motion and perception


report of Epicurus (fragments/reports [c.289 BCE]) by Aetius - fragments/reports 4.3.11

Book Reference

'Hellenistic Philosophy: Intro Readings', ed/tr. Inwood,B. /Gerson,L. [Hackett 1988], p.62

A Reaction

Obviously Epicurus thought the four stuffs were different combinations of atoms, rather than being elements. Is there no stuff which gives reason? Reason must reduce to motion, presumably.