Virtues of Thought "is an excursion through interconnecting
philosophical topics in Plato and Aristotle, under the expert
guidance of Aryeh Kosman. Exploring what these two foundational
figures have to say about the nature of human awareness and
understanding, Kosman concludes that ultimately the virtues of
thought are to be found in the joys and satisfactions that come
from thinking philosophically, whether we engage in it ourselves or
witness others' participation.
Kosman examines Aristotle's complex understanding of the role
that reason plays in practical choice and moral deliberation, and
the specific forms of thinking that are involved in explaining the
world and making it intelligible to ourselves and others. Critical
issues of consciousness and the connection between thinking and
acting in Aristotle's philosophical psychology lead to a discussion
of the importance of emotion in his theory of virtue. Theories of
perception and cognition are highlighted in works such as
Aristotle's Posterior"Analytics." When his focus turns to Plato,
Kosman gives original accounts of several dialogues concerning
Plato's treatment of love, self-knowledge, justice, and the complex
virtue known as sophrosyne" in such texts as Charmides" and the
Bringing together in a single volume previously unpublished
essays along with classics in the field, Virtues of Thought "makes
a significant contribution to our study of ancient Greek
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