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The Brute Within: Appetitive Desire in Plato and Aristotle

Hendrik Lorenz


Plato’s Republic introduces and employs an elaborate psychological theory whose core commitment it is that human motivation comes in three forms: rational, spirited, and appetitive. The Brute Within offers a detailed philosophical analysis of appetitive motivation and of Plato’s conception of appetite as a part of the soul. In doing so, it explores both the psychological theory of the Republic and its afterlife in Plato’s later dialogues as well as in Aristotle’s psychology and ethics. It shows that Plato’s Timaeus, a relatively late dialogue, preserves the substance of the Republic’s concepti ... More

Keywords: Plato, Aristotle, Republic, psychology, soul, desire, appetite, reason, motivation, tripartition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199290635
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199290636.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hendrik Lorenz, author
Princeton University
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