The Psychology of Willing

H. A. Prichard

in Moral Writings

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780199250196
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598265 | DOI:

Series: British Moral Philosophers

 The Psychology of Willing

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Often an action causes both evil and benefit for the agent. No general account can be given for what happens when one considers in light of this evil and benefit whether to undertake the action in question. Prichard maintains that in willing a movement, there are two acts of will. First, there is the willing to think more of what one shall gain in willing x (than one shall lose in willing x), which results from the desire to will x. Second, there is the willing of the change x.

Keywords: action; benefit; desire; evil; gain; will; willing

Chapter.  1232 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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