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Wish, Motivation and the Human Good in Aristotle
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8426-8156
2015 (English)In: Phronesis: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy, ISSN 0031-8868, E-ISSN 1568-5284, Vol. 60, no 1, 60-87 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Aristotle invokes a specifically human desire, namely wish (boulesis), to provide a teleological explanation of the pursuit of the specifically human good in terms of virtuous activity. Wish is a basic, unreasoned desire which, independently of other desires, or evaluative attitudes, motivates the pursuit of the human good. Even a person who pursues what she mistakenly believes to be good is motivated by wish for what in fact is good, although she is oblivious of it.

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2015. Vol. 60, no 1, 60-87 p.
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Aristotle, wish, motivation, teleology, human good, representation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-113109DOI: 10.1163/15685284-12341279ISI: 000350797600004OAI: diva2:783117
Swedish Research Council, A0139901
Available from: 2015-01-23 Created: 2015-01-23 Last updated: 2015-08-25Bibliographically approved

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