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.
|Number of pages||28|
|Journal||Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy|
|Early online date||16 Sep 2020|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 16 Sep 2020|