Later Platonist and Peripatetic Contributions

Michael Frede

in A Free Will

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268487
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948372 | DOI:
Later Platonist and Peripatetic Contributions

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This chapter presents the text of Michael Frede's speech concerning the contributions of later Platonists and Peripatetics to the notion of will. It explains that while the later Platonists and Peripatetics were following Plato and Aristotle in thinking that a nonrational desire consisted of a certain kind of agreeable or disagreeable impression, they also agreed with the Stoics that that any impression needs an assent of reason to turn it into an impulse that can move us to action. It also discusses the relevant views of Evagrius Ponticus and Porphyry.

Keywords: Platonists; Peripatetics; will; Plato; Aristotle; nonrational desire; Stoics; Evagrius Ponticus; Porphyry; Michael Frede

Chapter.  5435 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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