<i>Accidie</i>, Evaluation, and Motivation

Sergio Tenenbaum

in Weakness of Will and Practical Irrationality

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780199257362
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601842 | DOI:
 Accidie, Evaluation, and Motivation

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Accidie, depression, and dejection seem to be psychological phenomena that are best characterized as cases in which an agent has no motivation to pursue what he or she judges to be good or valuable. The phenomena thus seem to present a challenge to any view that draws a close connection between motivation and evaluation. ‘Accidie, Evaluation, and Motivation’ aims to show that the phenomena are actually best explained by a theory that postulates a conceptual connection between motivation and evaluation.

Keywords: Accidie; evaluation; good; irrationality; motivation; practical reason

Chapter.  11693 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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