A consideration of living things and their relation to body

I am alive; so is my dog, so are my roses. Are we alive because we are bodies? No- for than any body would be alive, a stone, my hair, the corpse I’ll leave one day. This non bodily cause of life also underlies matter- for the same source of life underlies any living thing as it increases or decreases, and as all its cells die off and are replaced by others.

And so in order to account for why things are alive, we need to invoke a principle that is in some sense not bodily, and in also in some sense not reducible to a body, for it remains the same thoughout changes of mass and changes of material parts.

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