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Desiring the Good: Ancient Proposals and Contemporary Theory

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2018.11.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Katja Maria Vogt, Desiring the Good: Ancient Proposals and Contemporary Theory, Oxford University Press, 2017, 219pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190692476. Reviewed by Jan Szaif, University of California, Davis How does desiring what is good for us direct our decisions and actions? Katja Vogt's most recent book tackles this question. While it provides interpretations of various texts by Plato and Aristotle, it is written primarily as a contribution to contemporary debate, advocating a (broadly speaking) neo-Aristotelian approach. Her guiding idea is that to "desire the good" is to desire that one's life go well. Against a tradition in contemporary action theory that she traces back to Anscombe, Vogt wants to establish that our motivation for small-scale actions is ultimately rooted in this desire to live well and, furthermore, that "pursuits," as a form of mid-level activity, play a crucial role in mediating. . .

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