Uno modo, prout est appetitus
Joyce's early thinking about an art form founded on a type of "appetite" appears in his writings about Thomistic aesthetics from his 1904 Pola notebook: "Bonum est in quod tendit appetitus
. The good is that towards which an appetite tends: the desirable.
It gives meaning to a search for God in the present, nourishing our human appetitus
Spinoza asserted that conatus assumed two forms linked by appetitus
, his invocation of the alimentative metaphor and one that, according to Judith Butler, prefigured Hegel's notion of desire.
Se na retorica classica a palavra ja e um dado existente, cumprindo a inventio apenas resgatar o seu carater originario, Agostinho, no Medievo, concebe a palavra como algo que brota justamente no gesto de buscar, identificando-a com o appetitus
com que ela e buscada.