Wish, Motivation and the Human Good in Aristotle

Phronesis 60 (1):60-87 (2015)
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Gösta Grönroos
Stockholm University
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_ Source: _Volume 60, Issue 1, pp 60 - 87 Aristotle invokes a specifically human desire, namely wish, 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
Keywords Aristotle   teleology   wish   representation   human good   motivation
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DOI 10.1163/15685284-12341279
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