Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > An’ima Mundi [the soul of the world],

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
An’ima Mundi [the soul of the world],
with the oldest of the ancient philosophers, meant “the source of life”; with Plato, it meant “the animating principle of matter,” inferior to pure spirit; with the Stoics, it meant “the whole vital force of the universe.”   1
   Stahl (1710) taught that the phenomena of animal life are due to an immortal anima, or vital principle distinct from matter.   2



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