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The Brute WithinAppetitive Desire in Plato and Aristotle$
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Hendrik Lorenz

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199290635

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199290636.001.0001

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Reason and Non-rational Desire

Reason and Non-rational Desire

(p.186) 13 Reason and Non-rational Desire
The Brute Within

Hendrik Lorenz (Contributor Webpage)

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The chapter explores Aristotle’s moral psychology, arguing that it not only leaves room for, but in fact requires, a conception of non-rational or non-intellectual cognition along the lines set out in Chapters 8-11. Even though it is part of Aristotle’s moral psychology that all of a human being’s cognitive and motivating conditions are rational in a way, this leaves intact a clear sense in which appetite and spirit are non-rational forms of motivation, and also a clear sense in which at least some of the cognition involved in such motivation is non-rational.

Keywords:   Aristotle, psychology, cognition, reason, desire, appetite, spirit

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