Practical and Productive Thinking in Aristotle

in Phronesis
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I argue that, on Aristotle’s account, practical thinking (unlike productive thinking) has as its origin a desire whose object is the very thing that one reasons about how to promote. This means: (a) there is only a contingent relationship between the desire that one practically reasons about how to satisfy and the action one decides on; (b) practical thinking and action (unlike productive thinking and production) cannot be separated from the agent. I also show how my account of practical thinking can shed new light on Aristotle’s claim that the virtuous agent must decide on her virtuous actions ‘for themselves’.

Practical and Productive Thinking in Aristotle

in Phronesis


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