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Moral Psychology and Human Action in Aristotle$
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Michael Pakaluk and Giles Pearson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546541

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546541.001.0001

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Desire in Action: Aristotle’s Move

Desire in Action: Aristotle’s Move

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Moral Psychology and Human Action in Aristotle

David Charles

Oxford University Press

When Aristotle's description of how the animal is moved in De Motu Animalium is considered in light of his discussion of passions ‘common to body and the soul’ in De Anima one is able to sketch in outline Aristotle's distinctive characterisations of desire; of features ‘common to body and soul’; and of how these lead the agent to move his (or her) body. The view which results can appear unsatisfactory, because it is not one of the familiar options available in post-Cartesian philosophy (dualism, materialism, functionalism, and ‘spiritualism’). However, Aristotle's approach should be seen as a radical alternative to these modern accounts, challenging the basic assumptions that underlie them.

Keywords:   Aristotle, desire, passions, body and soul, bodily movement, De Motu Animalium, De Anima

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