By Christopher Bobonich, Pierre Destrée (eds.)
The thirteen contributions of this collective provide new and hard methods of examining famous and extra overlooked texts on akrasia (lack of keep an eye on, or weak spot of will) in Greek philosophy (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Plotinus).
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6 See, for example, Irwin (1977), 78 and (1995), 51–53, 75–76; Vlastos (1991), 148–54; Penner (1991), 147–202; (1996) 199–229, (1997), 117–49; Reshotko (1992), 145–70; Nehamas (1999), 27–58. We also endorsed a version of this view in Brickhouse and Smith (1994), Chapter 3. 7 Traditionalists may differ about how many different kinds of things have the dunamis tou phainomenou. Someone such as Irwin, who believes that Socrates is a hedonist, will 4 thomas c. brickhouse and nicholas d. , Charmides 167e1–5, Meno 77a3–78c2, Gorgias 493a1–b3; Protagoras 340a7–b1) explicitly distinguishes between what he calls boulêsis and epithumia, two of Plato’s and Aristotle’s favorite terms for rational and non-rational desire, respectively.
Smith (Socrates speaking): And I wanted to include not only those who are courageous in warfare, but also those who are brave in dangers at sea, and the ones who show courage in illness and poverty and affairs of state, and then again I wanted to include not only those who are brave in the face of pain and fear, but those who are clever at fighting desire and pleasure, whether by standing their ground or running away—because there are some men, aren’t there, Laches, who are brave in matters like these.
12 For more on this point, see Brickhouse and Smith (1994), 90 n. 25. socrates on AKRASIA 5 (Socrates is asking and Critias is responding):—And do you think there is any desire (epithumia) that is a desire for no pleasure but for itself and for other desires? – Absolutely not. – Nor is there any wish (boulêsis), I think, that is a wish for no good but is instead a wish for itself and for other wishes. – No, that follows. 14 Although traditionalists may be tempted to dismiss this passage as a slip, they have available to them a less desperate way of trying to explain it away.
Akrasia in Greek Philosophy. From Socrates to Plotinus (Philosophia Antiqua 106) by Christopher Bobonich, Pierre Destrée (eds.)