Chapter

Desires

Richard Swinburne

in The Evolution of the Soul

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780198236986
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598593 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198236980.003.0006
Desires

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Desires are natural inclinations, hard to change, to do certain actions or allow certain events to occur. Enjoyment consists in the believed satisfaction of present desire. We always act on our strongest desires, unless we have good reason for not doing so and then we have to choose between reason and desire. Weakness of will consists in yielding to desire when reason suggests that we should not do so. Modification of desire is distinguished from forming an intention for the future, which in turn is distinguished from having an intention in one's present actions.

Keywords: desire; enjoyment; Frankfurt; intention; reason; weakness of will

Chapter.  8727 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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