Please write a couple of paragraphs on Monday’s readings. Below are some ideas, but, as always, feel free to comment however you wish. Please read the other comments posted by the other people in the class. Feel free to comment on their comments.
Plotinus questions: Quantum communication and water? ”Principle of that manifold life”? Paradox? The One? The many? Intellectual principle? What is station immediately next to the One? What is next station out? These stations have a view of the One which are in turn something else. What is Soul? Does it move? If you had to draw this scheme (or logos), how might you draw it out? How does the human soul relate to the vegetal soul?
Ibn Tufayl questions: How is living-ness related to the senses? How does he figure out where to look for the problem in his mother? What does he determine is the problem? What was it? Was his mother her body or something else? Experimental behavior. Fire and life-stuff? What carries spirit around the body? Brain and heart and spirit? How does he learn? How do plants differ from animals? The basic, essential characteristics of stuff? Alchemy? The natural directions of terrestrial matter. Can you follow his infinite line argument? How does he start to define the creator? How do humans differ from beasts?