David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
MIT Press (1995)
Does action always arise out of desire? G. F. Schueler examines this hotly debated topic in philosophy of action and moral philosophy, arguing that once two senses of "desire" are distinguished - roughly, genuine desires and pro attitudes - apparently plausible explanations of action in terms of the agent's desires can be seen to be mistaken. Desire probes a fundamental issue in philosophy of mind, the nature of desires and how, if at all, they motivate and justify our actions. At least since Hume argued that reason "is and of right ought to be the slave of the passions," many philosophers have held that desires play an essential role both in practical reason and in the explanation of intentional action. G. F. Schueler looks at contemporary accounts of both roles in various belief-desire models of reasons and explanation and argues that the usual belief-desire accounts need to be replaced. Schueler contends that the plausibility of the standard belief-desire accounts rests largely on a failure to distinguish "desires proper," like a craving for sushi, from so-called "pro attitudes," which may take the form of beliefs and other cognitive states as well as desires proper. Schueler's "deliberative model" of practical reasoning suggests a different view of the place of desire in practical reason and the explanation of action. He holds that we can arrive at an intention to act by weighing the relevant considerations and that these may not include desires proper at all.
|Keywords||Action Belief Desire Ethics Impulse Justification Model Morality Motive Reason|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$16.00 used (62% off) $22.95 new (46% off) $34.33 direct from Amazon (19% off) Amazon page|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Wayne A. Davis (2005). Reasons and Psychological Causes. Philosophical Studies 122 (1):51 - 101.
Christian Miller (2008). Motivation in Agents. Noûs 42 (2):222–266.
Hilla Jacobson (2014). Against Strong Cognitivism: An Argument From the Particularity of Love. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 91 (1):n/a-n/a.
Tamar Schapiro (2014). What Are Theories of Desire Theories Of? Analytic Philosophy 55 (2):131-150.
William G. Lycan (2012). Desire Considered as a Propositional Attitude. Philosophical Perspectives 26 (1):201-215.
Similar books and articles
John Gibbons (2009). Reason in Action. In Lucy O'Brien & Matthew Soteriou (eds.), Mental Actions. Oxford University Press 72.
Richard Swinburne (1985). Desire. Philosophy 60 (234):429 - 445.
G. F. Schueler (2003). Reasons and Purposes: Human Rationality and the Teleological Explanation of Action. Oxford University Press.
Chris Meyers (2005). Wants and Desires: A Critique of Conativist Theory of Motivation. Journal of Philosophical Research 30:357-370.
Ramon M. Lemos (1996). Schueler, G. F. Desire: Its Role in Practical Reason and the Explanation of Action. Review of Metaphysics 50 (2):423-424.
Sergio Tenenbaum (ed.) (2010). Desire, Practical Reason, and the Good. Oxford University Press.
Robert Noggle (1996). Book Review:Desire: Its Role in Practical Reason and the Explanation of Action. G. F. Schueler. [REVIEW] Ethics 106 (4):848-.
Melissa Barry (2007). Realism, Rational Action, and the Humean Theory of Motivation. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 10 (3):231-242.
Dennis W. Stampe (1987). The Authority of Desire. Philosophical Review 96 (July):335-81.
Steven Arkonovich (2001). Defending Desire: Scanlon's Anti-Humeanism. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 63 (3):499-519.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads51 ( #49,453 of 1,700,233 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #161,079 of 1,700,233 )
How can I increase my downloads?