The Simple Picture

Hendrik Lorenz

in The Brute Within

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199290635
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604027 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

 The Simple Picture

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It is widely held that in Republic 8, Plato acknowledges the occurrence within appetite of conflicts, in which it desires something or other and at the same time is averse to the thing in question. It is also believed by many that in the same book, Plato implicitly ascribes to appetite the capacity for means-end reasoning. In showing that both of these views are mistaken, the interpretation of Republic-style soul-partition set out in Chapter 2 is defended.

Keywords: Plato; Republic; appetite; conflict; reasoning; means-end

Chapter.  7405 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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