Reason and Non-rational Desire

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

 Reason and Non-rational Desire

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The chapter explores Aristotle’s moral psychology, arguing that it not only leaves room for, but in fact requires, a conception of non-rational or non-intellectual cognition along the lines set out in Chapters 8-11. Even though it is part of Aristotle’s moral psychology that all of a human being’s cognitive and motivating conditions are rational in a way, this leaves intact a clear sense in which appetite and spirit are non-rational forms of motivation, and also a clear sense in which at least some of the cognition involved in such motivation is non-rational.

Keywords: Aristotle; psychology; cognition; reason; desire; appetite; spirit

Chapter.  9913 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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