The Brute Within: Appetitive Desire in Plato and Aristotle - Oxford Philosophical Monographs (Hardback)
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The Brute Within: Appetitive Desire in Plato and Aristotle - Oxford Philosophical Monographs (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 06/04/2006
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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.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199290635
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 507 g
Dimensions: 240 x 163 x 20 mm


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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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