The Organic Roots of Conatus in Early Greek Thought

Conatus 6 (2) (2021)
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The focus of this paper will be on the earliest Greek treatments of impulse, motivation, and self-animation – a cluster of concepts tied to the hormē-conatus concept. I hope to offer a plausible account of how the earliest recorded views on this subject in mythological, pre-Socratic, and Classical writings might have inspired later philosophical developments by establishing the foundations for an organic, wholly naturalized approach to human inquiry. Three pillars of that approach which I wish to emphasize are: practical intelligence, natural normativity, and an ontology of philosophical dialectic.

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Christopher Kirby
Eastern Washington University


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