The Parva naturalia in Greek, Arabic and Latin Aristotelianism

Supplementing the Science of the Soul

  • Börje Bydén
  • Filip Radovic

Part of the Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind book series (SHPM, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Katerina Ierodiakonou
    Pages 77-90 Open Access
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 343-368

About this book


This book investigates Aristotelian psychology through his works and commentaries on them, including De Sensu, De Memoria and De Somno et Vigilia. Authors present original research papers inviting readers to consider the provenance of Aristotelian ideas and interpretations of them, on topics ranging from reality to dreams and spirituality. Aristotle’s doctrine of the ‘common sense’, his notion of transparency and the generation of colours are amongst the themes explored.

Chapters are presented chronologically, enabling the reader to trace influences across the boundaries of linguistic traditions. Commentaries from historical figures featured in this work include those of Michael of Ephesus (c. 1120), Albert the Great and Gersonides’ (1288–1344). Discoveries in 9th-century Arabic adaptations, Byzantine commentaries and Renaissance paraphrases of Aristotle’s work are also presented.

The editors’ introduction outlines the main historical developments of the themes discussed, preparing the reader for the cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives presented in this work. Scholars of philosophy and psychology and those with an interest in Aristotelianism will highly value the original research that is presented in this work.

The introduction and Chapter 4 of this book are open access under a CC BY 4.0 license via 


Aristotelian psychology De Sensu De Memoria De Somno et Vigilia Alexander of Aphrodisias Avicenna Averroes Albert the Great Michael of Ephesus Kitāb al-Ḥiss wa-l-maḥsūs

Editors and affiliations

  • Börje Bydén
    • 1
  • Filip Radovic
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of ScienceUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of ScienceUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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