Anatomy of Melancholy, 162-165: Subsect. IX – Of the Rational Soul

A of M 162-4 Rational Soul

What, is this not how you pictured your immortal soul? A pink glob with two more pink globs inside of it, that it may or may not have eaten? Well, today’s reading was about souls, and I didn’t really have much time to think about what souls might look like before I drew this masterpiece. Also in this section, Burton rambles on a bit about whether souls exist, and he seems to think that they do. So if you’re into that, it is a nice little “yes you do have a soul” sort of section.

I, on the other hand, prefer weird quotes about soul classification and sub-types. So that is what you get, Internet:

Out of which definition we may gather, that this rational soul includes the powers, and performs the duties of the two other, which are contained in it, and all three faculties make one soul, which is inorganical of itself, although it be in all parts, and incorporeal, using their organs, and working by them. It is divided into two chief parts, differing in office only, not in essence. The understanding, which is the rational power apprehending; the will, which is the rational power moving: to which two, all the other rational powers are subject and reduced.

 

This post is part of a long, tedious, and very illustrated read-along of Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy. More info here and follow along on Facebook here. Illustrations posted via devon_isadevon on Instagram.

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