The active intellect (also translated as agent intellect, active intelligence, active reason, or productive intellect) is a concept in classical and medieval philosophy. The term refers to the formal (morphe) aspect of the intellect (nous), in accordance with the theory of hylomorphism.
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... of "intending" with the "practical intellect" ("intelletto prattico"), which is elsewhere explicitly distinguished from the "acting intellect" ("intelletto agente"), as ... but that we can only imagine or intend illuminated by the acting intellect" ... While "Intellect is of the spirit", the "acting intellect" (Aristotle) is said to correspond to Plato's "mind" ("mente") and Augustine's "superior part" ("portion superiore") ...
... Aristotle differently, stating that the passive or material intellect does "not employ a bodily organ for its activity, is wholly unmixed with the body ... This means the human potential intellect, and not only the active intellect, is an incorporeal substance, or a disposition of incorporeal substance ... For Themistius, the human soul becomes immortal "as soon as the active intellect intertwines with it at the outset of human thought" ...
... and Themistius, gave several different interpretations of the distinction between the active and passive intellects ... Some of them regarded the active intellect as a power external to the human mind, Alexander going so far as to identify it with God ... Maimonides, agreed with the "external" interpretation of active intellect, and held that the active intellect was the lowest of the ten emanations descending through the celestial spheres ...
... The active intellect was a concept Aristotle described that requires an understanding of the actuality-potentiality dichotomy ... The passage tries to explain "how the human intellect passes from its original state, in which it does not think, to a subsequent state, in which it does." He inferred that the energeia/dunamis distinction ... This sort of intellect is separate, as well as being without attributes and unmixed, since it is by its thinghood a being-at-work, for what acts is always distinguished in stature above what is acted upon, as a ...
... Ezra’s philosophy also revolves around the use of intellect and how the active intellect was considered God’s first creation ... Ezra claims that the intellect is a pure substance which all things are inherently created from ... Along with the active intellect is another form Ezra describes as the passive intellect ...
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“For intellect is a mansion where waste is without drain....”
—Allen Tate (18991979)
“So hills and valleys into singing break;
And though poor stones have neither speech nor tongue,
While active winds and streams both run and speak,
Yet stones are deep in admiration.
Thus praise and prayer here beneath the Sun
Make lesser mornings when the great are done.”
—Henry Vaughan (16221695)