How to argue about Aristotle about practical reason

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In this paper, I consider Aristotle’s views in relation to the Humean theory of motivation (HTM). I distinguish three principles which HTM is committed to, the ‘No Besires’ principle, the ‘Motivation Out – Desire In’ principle, and the ‘Desire Out – Desire In’ principle. To reject HTM one only needs to reject one of these principles. I argue that while it is plausible to think Aristotle accepts the first two principles, there are some grounds for thinking that he might reject the third.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy
Issue number1
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Nov 2019


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