The Brute Within: Appetitive Desire in Plato and Aristotle / Edition 1

The Brute Within: Appetitive Desire in Plato and Aristotle / Edition 1

by Hendrik Lorenz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199290636

ISBN-13: 9780199290635

Pub. Date: 06/01/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Hendrik Lorenz presents a comprehensive study of Plato's and Aristotle's conceptions of non-rational desire. They see this as something that humans share with animals, and which aims primarily at the pleasures of food, drink, and sex. Lorenz explores the cognitive resources that both philosophers make available for the explanation of such desires, and what they

Overview

Hendrik Lorenz presents a comprehensive study of Plato's and Aristotle's conceptions of non-rational desire. They see this as something that humans share with animals, and which aims primarily at the pleasures of food, drink, and sex. Lorenz explores the cognitive resources that both philosophers make available for the explanation of such desires, and what they take rationality to add to the motivational structure of human beings. In doing so, he finds conceptions of the mind that are coherent and deeply integrated with both philosophers' views about such topics as the relation between body and soul, or the nature of the virtues.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199290635
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Series:
Oxford Philosophical Monographs Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
I. Appetite and Reason in Plato's Republic
1. Parts of the soul
2. The argument for tripartition
3. Partition
4. The simple picture
II. Belief and Appearance in Plato
5. Imitation and the soul
6. Belief and reason
7. Below belief and reason
III. Phantasia and Non-Rational Desire in Aristotle
8. Preliminaries
9. Phantasia, desire, and locomotion
10. Desire without phantasia
11. The workings of phantasia
12. Phantasia and practical thought
13. Reason and non-rational desire
Conclusion

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