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The internal struggles of the appetite: a secret teleology?

Abstract : This chapter examines the analogy between military tactics and the goal-directed functioning of appetites that Leibniz used both in the Discourse on Metaphysics (1686) and in his controversy with Stahl (1710). In so doing, my purpose is threefold: 1/ to question the unity of the concept of appetite in Leibniz; 2/ to show that Leibniz’s notion of the explanatory role of appetites casts doubt on the traditional conflation between appetite and desire for self-pres- ervation; 3/ to demonstrate that self-conscious appetites cannot be regarded as specific final causes of psychophysiological phenomena.
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Raphaële Andrault. The internal struggles of the appetite: a secret teleology?. Adelino Cardoso et Marta Mendonça. Leibniz-Stahl. Controvérsia sobre vida, organismo et teleologia, Humus, p. 25-40, 2022, 978-989-755-702-6. ⟨hal-03547956⟩



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