Justifying Desires

Metaphilosophy 44 (3):335-349 (2013)
Abstract
According to an influential conception of reasons for action, the presence of a desire or some other conative state in the agent is a necessary condition for the agent’s havinga reason for action. This is sometimes known as internalism . In this paper I present a case for the considerably stronger thesis, which I call hyper-internalism , that the presence of a desire is a sufficient condition for the agent’s having a ( prima facie )reason for action
Keywords desire  ethical internalism  general conservatism  epistemic justification  ethical justification
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