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The Erosiac Structure of Desire in Plato and Aristotle

John Davenport

in Will as Commitment and Resolve

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780823225750
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235896 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823225750.003.0004
The Erosiac Structure of Desire in               Plato and Aristotle

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This chapter explores how an investigation of the Greek “erosiac” model of motivation supports the main argument for the existential conception of the striving will. It clarifies the idea of projective motivation by contrast with the conception of desire developed in Plato's moral psychology, which is then incorporated into Aristotle's eudaimonism. The chapter also focuses on themes from Plato's Lysis, Meno, Republic, and Symposium, with emphasis on the account of desire-as-lack in the Symposium. Drawing on work in contemporary moral psychology, it distinguishes three different types of desire in the Republic and differentiates targetable from non-targetable goals.

Keywords: Plato; Aristole; erosiac model; motivation; striving will; projective motivation; desire; moral psychology; eudaimonism; goals

Chapter.  17101 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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