The Brute Within

The Brute Within : Appetitive Desire in Plato and Aristotle

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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 exposes a remarkable
degree of continuity between Plato's and Aristotle's thought in this area. He also sheds fresh light, not only on both philosophers' theories of motivation, but also on how they conceive of the mind, both in itself and in relation to the body.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 163 x 240 x 20mm | 507g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199290636
  • 9780199290635

Table of contents

I. APPETITE AND REASON IN PLATO'S REPUBLIC ; II. BELIEF AND APPEARANCE IN PLATO ; III. PHANTASIA AND NON-RATIONAL DESIRE IN ARISTOTLE
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Review quote

Hendrik Lorenz offers a challenging, tightly argued exploration of the non-rational parts of the soul in Plato and Aristotle... strongly recommended to those interested in Plato's reasons for dividing the soul and his thinking about non-rational motivation in such dialogues as Republic Timaeus and Philebus * Ronald Polansky, Journal of Hellenic Studies * fine study...it is the mark of a successful work in philosophy that it spurs more reflection, and we should be thankful the The Brute Within creates a (cognitive) appetite for further spirited thought. * Paul W. Gooch, Bryn Mawr Reviews *
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