The Process of Knowledge

  • Carlos G. Noreña
Part of the Archives Internationales D’Histoire des Idees/International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 34)


The exceptional importance of Vives’ treatise De Anima et vita lies in the paradoxical fact that its content has little to do with the title of the book.1 De Anima does not say much about the soul itself, the nature of which it professes to ignore: “It is not important for us to know what he soul is, but it is essential to know which are its operations.” 2 We are even unable to know the operations themselves “and to define them in an absolute way”;3 Vives’ real concern is to investigate “how these operations are conducive to the reform of our morals.” 4


Sixteenth Century Human Emotion Intellectual Process Burned Tree Intellectual Knowledge 
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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Netherlands 1970

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