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Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association

Volume 87, 2013

Aristotle Now and Then

Mary Elizabeth Tetzlaff
Pages 115-125
DOI: 10.5840/acpaproc20143316

An Alternative Reading of De Anima 413a8–9

This paper presents three interpretations of the infamous “sailor / ship” sentence that concludes Aristotle’s De Anima II.1. The first two interpretations represent the ones most popular in contemporary scholarship; the final is the author’s original. The interpretations are then evaluated with respect to grammatical plausibility and explanatory strength. The paper makes a case that the new reading answers to both points of evaluation and contributes to an interpretive approach to Aristotle that values the coherence and cogency of his De Anima as a whole.