Psychology and mind in Aquinas

  title={Psychology and mind in Aquinas},
  author={Miguel Garc{\'i}a-Valdecasas},
  journal={History of Psychiatry},
  pages={291 - 310}
This article stresses the main lines of Thomas Aquinas’s philosophy on the nature of the body-soul union. Following Aristotle, Aquinas sees the soul as a ‘principle of life’ which is intimately bound to a body. Together they form a non-contingent composition. In addition, the distinctive feature of the human soul is rationality, which implies that a human needs a mind to be what it is. However, this is not to say, as Descartes proposes, that the reason that I am a human is that I am fully self… 

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