Did the people of the past consider plants alive? If so, how did they come to the idea that plants have something in common with animals?
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You do not need to look further than Aristotle. In On the soul, he considered plants to have a "soul" (we would perhaps instead call it "essence") which made them capable of two things: reproduction and growth. The "souls" of animals also gave them the power to sense the world and move in it, and the human "soul" gave rational thought.