Point seven, in the Inquisitor’s list of eight theses against Giordano Bruno, for which the cardinals turned him over to the secular authorities to be executed, reads like this:
7) The allocation of a “both sensory and intellectual” soul to earth.
This is an allusion to Thomas Aquinas’ ideas on the human soul. Thomas distinguished between the sensory, nutritive, and intellectual human soul:
We must assert, then that the soul in man is one in number, at once sensory, intellectual and nutritive.
The sense-soul does not owe its incorruptibility to itself but to the true fact that it is at the same time an intellective soul. Therefore when a soul is merely a sense-soul it is corruptible; when it has both sensation and intelligence it is incorruptible (De Anima).
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