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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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Belief and Reason

Belief and Reason

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(p.74) 6 Belief and Reason
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The Brute Within
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Hendrik Lorenz (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199290636.003.0009

That appetite can form beliefs is presupposed in the Republic and denied in the Timaeus. This chapter explains this development in Plato’s psychological theory in terms of new thoughts about what is involved in forming beliefs, rather than in terms of substantial changes in Plato’s conception of appetite. It is argued that the new thoughts in question are on display at Theaetetus 184-6.

Keywords:   Plato, Republic, Timaeus, Theaetetus, appetite, belief, reason

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