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AN ANALYSIS OF DESIRE

Ingmar Persson

in The Retreat of Reason

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780199276905
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603198 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199276900.003.0005
 							AN ANALYSIS OF DESIRE

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Several distinctions with respect to desiring or wanting are presented: between intelligent desire (which is manifested in intentional action) and non-intelligent (instinctual) desire, between wanting and wishing, between wanting something for its own sake and wanting it for the sake of something else, between wanting to do something and being forced (to want) to do it, between wanting and intending, and between dormant and occurrent desires. A dispositional analysis of desire is offered according to which a desire is an internal state, which manifests itself both in action and thought. It is claimed that a desire in a specified sense is necessary for intentional action, but denied that desiring requires having any feelings.

Keywords: desire; feeling; intention; intentional action; wanting; wishing

Chapter.  8794 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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