An examination of a Thirteenth-Century Treatise on the Mind by Denise Ryan

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37, 60-62. Quia ergo operacio anime fit organo, secundum quod anima per corpus animatum operatur, uidendo scilicet et audiendo et huiusmodi; unio ipsius anime ad corpus ut organum erit mediante potencia et ui eius; uerbi gracia, ut mediante uirtute uegetatiua et sensitiua. 38 In his discussion of the unity of the body, which is a composite, and the soul, which is a simple nature, Jean states that the body is composed of the four elements in collaboration with the fifth essence and is therefore the most perfect among all bodies constituted from the elements.

77. 91 Miira Tuominen, The Ancient Commentators on Plato and Aristotle (UK: Acumen, 2009), p. 151. 41 This hierarchy is also present in Jean’s identification of different types of light to explain the reciprocal nature of body and soul. The rational soul receives the most noble light, that of the empyrean light. The reference to light highlights the reciprocity of matter and form and but also the separability of both. A contemporary of Jean’s at Oxford, Robert Grosseteste (c. 1168–1253) developed an original theory with regard to light.

5 (IV) The Soul with Regard to Being 65 Summa. C. 18, 69-74. Item, omnis potencia rei effecte subiecta est sue cause efficienti; potencia autem racionalis anime, secundum libertatem arbitrii, nulli creature est subiecta cum a nulla cogi possit. 66 Summa, C. 20, 26-30. Sed dicimus corpus tantum per coniugii copulam seminari; creacionem uero anime solum creatorem nosse, eiusque iudicio corpus coagulari in uulva, et compingi atque formari; ac formato iam corpore, animam creari et infundi, ut uivat in utero homo.

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