De Anima Book 1

To misquote the famous poet Dante, Midway on this journey through a dense wood Aristotle talks about Life. His brief, well relatively brief in comparison to his other works, treatment of the soul is taken up in the center of his writings. This is on account of the fact that much of what is discussed in his Logical Treatises – the Organon – and in the Physics, to say nothing of the Minor Physical Works or the massive History of Animals, is presupposed by the De Anima. What is more, many of the insights in the De Anima are necessary not only in order the understand human happiness, discussed in the Ethics, or how to arrange society to help individuals achieve happiness, which is found in his book the Politics, but indeed also in order to understand the highest object of human contemplation: God.