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Single Idea 6034

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

Full Idea

Democritus and Epicurus say the soul has two parts, one which is rational and is situated in the chest area, and the other which is non-rational and is spread throughout the entire compound of the body.

Gist of Idea

Atomists say soul has a rational part in the chest, and a diffused non-rational part


report of Democritus (fragments/reports [c.431 BCE]) by Aetius - fragments/reports 4.4.6

Book Reference

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

A Reaction

The spread part corresponds to such things as feeling fear in the stomach, or excitement throughout the limbs. I can't think what grounds there would be for choosing the chest as the home of reason. I suppose you can hear reason thumping in there..