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Single Idea 4371

[catalogued under 20. Action / C. Motives for Action / 3. Acting on Reason / a. Practical reason]

Full Idea

For Aristotle, practical perception is perception of particulars as parts of larger wholes, which involves the perception of their value (as in seeing my food as part of bodily health, and all action as part of a flourishing life).

Gist of Idea

Seeing particulars as parts of larger wholes is to perceive their value


comment on Aristotle (Nichomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE]) by Deborah Achtenberg - Cognition of Value in Aristotle's Ethics Intro

Book Reference

Achtenberg,Deborah: 'Cognition of Value in Aristotle's Ethics' [SUNY 2002], p.9

A Reaction

An appealing idea. Hume (who separates facts from values) would call it rubbish, but with the addition of premiss like "life is good", this seems plausible and appealing.