Below Belief and Reason

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

 Below Belief and Reason

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Plato’s Timaeus denies appetite the capacity for belief and yet presupposes that appetite can give rise to action, and that it can receive commands and information from the rational part of the soul. The chapter explains these features of Plato’s theory in terms of a high-powered conception of belief, and of a rich conception of non-rational cognition centered on the senses. In doing so, it introduces two closely related and relevant passages from another late Platonic dialogue, the Philebus.

Keywords: Plato; Timaeus; Philebus; appetite; belief

Chapter.  9336 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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