The Theory of Motivating States

Jonathan Dancy

in Practical Reality

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780199253050
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597282 | DOI:
The Theory of Motivating States

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Argues that cognitivism is the best form of psychologism; that is, that Humean accounts of motivation in terms of belief–desire combinations should be rejected in favour of cognitive ones that take motivating states to consist entirely of beliefs. Desire is understood as a state of being motivated, and is therefore not a state that motivates, even though motivation without desire is impossible.

Keywords: cognitivism; desire; Humeanism; motivating reasons; motivating states; motivation; Thomas Nagel; psychologism; reasons for action

Chapter.  9141 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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