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How to argue about Aristotle about practical reason

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Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy
Issue number1
DateAccepted/In press - 15 Nov 2019


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.

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  • Aristotle – Motivation – Desire – Reason - Metaethics


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