Ratio 30 (3):322-342 (2017)

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Caroline T. Arruda
University of Texas at El Paso
Abstract
I consider an underappreciated problem for proponents of the Humean theory of motivation. Namely, it is unclear whether is it to be understood as a largely psychological or largely metaphysical theory. I show that the psychological interpretation of HTM will need to be modified in order to be a tenable view and, as it will turn out, the modifications required render it virtually philosophically empty. I then argue that the largely metaphysical interpretation is the only a plausible interpretation of HTM's central claim that desires are necessary conditions for motivation. This interpretation also fits better with the important roles that HTM plays in both moral psychological and metaethical debates.
Keywords Humean theory of motivation  Moral Realism  Non-Cognitivism  Motivation  Philosophy of psychology  Metaethics
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