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    Choice and action in Aristotle

    Price, Anthony W. (2016) Choice and action in Aristotle. Phronesis 61 (4), pp. 435-462. ISSN 0031-8868.

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    There is a current debate about the grammar of intention: do I intend to φ (whose content is an act), or that I φ (whose content is quasi-propositional)? The equivalent question in Aristotle relates especially to choice (prohairesis). I argue that, in the context of practical reasoning, choice, as also wish (boulēsis), has as its object an act. I then explore the role that this plays within his account of the relation of thought to action. In particular, I discuss the relation of deliberation to the practical syllogism, and the thesis that the conclusion of the second is an action.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): wish, Aristotle, practical syllogism, choice, deliberation
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Professor A. W. Price
    Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2016 13:10
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:23


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