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Akrasia in Greek Philosophy : From Socrates to Plotinus

Bobonich, Christopher ;Destrée, Pierre

2007

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    Akrasia in Greek Philosophy : From Socrates to Plotinus
  • Author: Bobonich, Christopher ; Destrée, Pierre
  • Description: The 13 contributions of this collective offer new and challenging ways of reading well-known and more neglected texts on akrasia (lack of control, or weakness of will) in Greek philosophy (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Plotinus)..
    Contents -- Note on the Contributors -- Acknowledgments -- Note -- Introduction -- Socrates on Akrasia, Knowledge, and the Power of Appearance (Thomas Brickhouse and Nicholas Smith) -- 1. The Traditional Theory -- 2. Devereux's Account of Socratic Motivation -- 3. An Objection Considered -- 4. Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle -- A Problem in the Gorgias: How is Punishment Supposed to Help with Intellectual Error? (Christopher Rowe) -- 1. Background -- 2. The problem of the Gorgias -- 3. A suggested solution -- Postscript: 'ruling oneself ' -- Plato on Akrasia and Knowing Your Own Mind (Chris Bobonich) -- 1. Issues Raised by Recent Work on Self-Knowledge -- 2. Plato's Solution to the Puzzle of Apparent Akratic Action -- 3. The Implications of the Failure of Self-Knowledge -- Unified Agency and Akrasia in Plato's Republic (Christopher ?Shields) -- 1. Clarifying Questions about Akrasia -- 2. Two Simplifying Assumptions about Socrates in the Protagoras -- 3. Being Caught Unawares in Republic IV and Beyond -- 4. Agency, Akrasia, and Homunculi -- Conclusions -- Thirst as Desire for Good (Roslyn Weiss) -- 1. The Objection -- 2. Is Socrates the Objector? -- 3. Desire in the Protagoras, Gorgias, and Meno -- Akrasia and the Structure of the Passions in Plato's Timaeus (Gabriela Roxana Carone) -- 1. Lack of control and intellectual failure -- 2. Lack of control and tripartition of the soul -- Plato and Enkrateia (Louis-André Dorion) -- 1. The reasons for an absence -- 2. The reasons for a (partial) rehabilitation -- Conclusion -- Aristotle on the Causes of Akrasia (Pierre Destrée) -- 1. Desire and Phantasia: A reading of NE VII, iii/5 from DA and DMA -- 2. Some difficulties considered -- Conclusion: how Socratic does Aristotle remain? -- Akrasia and the Method of Ethics (Marco Zingano) -- 1.Akrasia as a practical conflict between?reason and appetite -- 2. Saving Socrates' thesis on the impossibility of akrasia -- 3. Aristotle's use of dialectics in EN VII -- Aristotle's Weak Akrates: What does her Ignorance Consist in? (David Charles) -- 1. The Knowledge Failure of the Weak Akrates (1): The Pure Cognitivist Interpretation -- 2. The Knowledge Failure of the Weak Akrates (2): The Humean Interpretation -- 3. The Third Way Introduced -- 4. The third way applied to NE/EE VI and VII -- 5. Some replies considered -- a. One Humean response -- b. An impure cognitivist reply -- c. An alternative cognitivist reply -- 6. A final methodological question -- Conclusions -- Akrasia and Enkrateia in Ancient Stoicism: Minor Vice and Minor Virtue? (Jean-Baptiste Gourinat) -- 1. Akrasia and enkrateia in standard Stoicism -- a. The place of akrasia and enkrateia among virtues and vices -- b. Akrasia, enkrateia and pleasure -- 2. Cleanthes and Chrysippus -- a. Enkrateia as a cardinal virtue in Cleanthes -- b. Chrysippus' ambiguities? -- Conclusions -- Epictetus on Moral Responsibility for Precipitate Action (Ricardo Salles) -- 1. The psychology of precipitate action -- 2. Epictetus' 'Normative Argument' -- Plotinus on Akrasia: the Neoplatonic Synthesis (Lloyd Gerson) -- 1. Plotinus's Predecessors -- 1.1. Plato -- 1.2. Aristotle -- 1.3. Stoicism -- 2. Plotinus's Neoplatonic Synthesis -- 3. Akrasia and Freedom -- Conclusion -- References -- Index of Ancient Sources -- Index of Modern Authors -- .
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Publisher: Leiden: BRILL
  • Identifier: E-ISBN: 9789047420125 ; ISBN: 9789004156708
  • Subjects: Akrasia ; Akrasia -- History -- To 1500 ; Ethics -- Greece ; Philosophy, Ancient
  • Language: English
  • Source: Ebook Central Perpetual and DDA titles (ProQuest)

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