Aristotelian/Thomistic View of the Internal Senses and Emotions
Aristotelian/Thomistic view of the internal senses and emotions.
Skills: analytical, critical and writing
Discuss the role of the internal senses and emotions. Remember that we share these powers with animals. Does this mean we are mere animals? Or are we something more?
Introduction: briefly define the internal senses and emotions, and state that we share these powers with animals.
Claim: state the view you will argue
We are merely animals (we do not have the power of reason) OR
We are more than animal (we have the power of reason) OR
Both humans and animals have powers beyond the internal senses and emotions (both have the power of reason).
Discuss in detail the internal senses: the common sense, imagination, memory, and estimative/cogitative.
Discuss the role of the emotions: the concupiscible and the irascible.
Provide arguments for your view chosen in part b. Provide examples and/or consider why you disagree with opposers.
Summa Theologiae by Thomas Aquinas
On the Soul by Aristotle
The Human Person by Steven J. Jensen