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Aristotle on the Apparent Good: Perception, Phantasia, Thought, and Desire

Jessica Moss


Aristotle holds that we desire things because they appear good to us – a view still dominant in philosophy now. But what is it for something to appear good? This book argues that Aristotle understands appearances of goodness as literal quasi-perceptual appearances, operations of a psychological capacity responsible for phenomena like dreams and visualization: phantasia (‘imagination’). It then uses Aristotle’s detailed accounts of phantasia and its relation to perception and thought to gain new insight into some of the most debated areas of his philosophy: his accounts of emotions, akrasia, et ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, psychology, ethics, phantasia, perception, practical reason, pleasure, desire, motivation, emotion, virtue, empiricism, apparent good

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199656349
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656349.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Moss, author
Balliol College, University of Oxford

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