Wants and lacks

Journal of Philosophy 64 (14):455-456 (1967)
Anthony Kenny says it is impossible to want what one already has and knows one has. We present a counter-example and then suggest that Kenny may have been misled by the fact that wanting expresses itself in goal-directed behavior. From the truism that one's behavior cannot be directed toward a goal that one knows one has already attained, Kenny may have been led to suppose that behavior directed toward an as yet unattained goal cannot express one's desire for what one has and knows one has.
Keywords Analytic Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy
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DOI 10.2307/2024430
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I. L. Humberstone (1990). Wanting, Getting, Having. Philosophical Papers 99 (August):99-118.
Alan R. White (1974). Needs and Wants. Journal of Philosophy of Education 8 (2):159–180.

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