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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 ration ...more
Hardcover, 229 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by OUP Oxford (first published January 1st 2006)
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Gareth
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is a close analysis of psychological motivation as it appears in the philosophies of Plato and Aristotle. Dealing initially with Plato's tripartite model of the soul in the Republic (mind, spirit, appetite), Lorenz goes on to show how this model is taken up and refined by Aristotle. He then, in great detail, shows how such a model can give a sophisticated and powerful account of psychological motivation.

As such, this book is too detailed for the general reader, and in fact will be of i
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