Chart on Passive and Productive Intellect

Based De Anima Book III, in
Aristotle Selections, eds. Irwin and Fine
(Hackett Publishing Company, 1995)

by Dr. Jan Garrett

Last revised on December 24, 2006


Passive Intellect


Productive Intellect

corresponds to matterthe producer
___ all thingsbecomes ___produces _____
is like ___colorslight
separable noyes
mixed yesno
affected yesno
more valuablenoyes
place of ___ potential knowledgeactual knowledge
temporally prior
in individual
mortal yes, perishableno, permanent feature
everlasting noyes