<i>Phantasia</i> and the Apparent Good

Jessica Moss

in Aristotle on the Apparent Good

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656349
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742156 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies Series

Phantasia and the Apparent Good

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This chapter develops an account of phantasia which differs from mainstream ones in its minimalism: phantasia can do everything Aristotle attributes to it while being simply what he evidently defines it as, a faculty of preserving and reproducing perceptual experiences. It uses this account to show that phantasia’s crucial role in action involves preserving and reproducing the pleasurable or painful, motivating aspects of perceptions of value. This yields an account of the apparent good: for x to appear good to an agent is for that agent to have a pleasurable, motivating appearance of x through phantasia.

Keywords: phantasia; imagination; locomotion; de Anima; de Motu Animalium; pleasure; desire; motivation

Chapter.  11021 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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