Desire and pleasure in John Pollock's thinking about acting [Book Review]

Philosophical Studies 148 (3):447–454 (2010)
The first third of John Pollock’s Thinking about Acting is on the topics of pleasure, desire, and preference, and these topics are the ones on which this paper focuses. I review Pollock’s position and argue that it has at least one substantial strength (it elegantly demonstrates that desires must be more fundamental than preferences, and embraces this conclusion wholeheartedly) and at least one substantial weakness (it holds to a form of psychological hedonism without convincingly answering the philosophical or empirical objections that might be raised).
Keywords Desire  Preference  Pleasure  Decision theory
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-009-9491-6
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