Chapter

The Locomotive Capacity

Thomas Kjeller Johansen

in The Powers of Aristotle's Soul

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199658435
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191742231 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658435.003.0013
The Locomotive Capacity

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Aristotle reconsiders the question of parts of soul in connection with the locomotive capacity. His position, in contrast to the Platonist, allows for several functions to belong to the same basic part. So the perceptual part is responsible for locomotion by virtue of having phantasia and appetite: when we imagine something as pleasant we also have a desire for it. The intellectual part also causes locomotion as responsible both for the thought of something as good and the rational wish for it. Discussion of the instrument by which desire moves the body is referred to an account elsewhere of ‘the functions common to body and soul’. The phrase here indicates functions of the body that involve a psychological function, but do not follow simply from the proper definition of that function, and so fall outside the remit of the DA.

Keywords: locomotion; desire; imagination; practical reason

Chapter.  6847 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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