Action, Belief, and Desire

Robert Audi

in The Architecture of Reason

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195158427
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199871407 | DOI:
 Action, Belief, and Desire

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The parallels between the theoretical and the practical reason are extensive. This chapter considers the structural ones, such as the analogy between, on the one hand, inferential beliefs and the beliefs they are based on and, on the other hand, instrumental desires (desires for things as means) and the basic desires to which they are subordinate. Beliefs of conclusions we infer from certain premises can be justified by our beliefs of those premises. Desires with certain contents can be justified by further desires, above all when the former are desires to take means toward satisfying the latter, “premise” desires. The chapter explains some major substantive parallels between theoretical and practical reason.

Keywords: practical reason; theoretical reason; beliefs; desires

Chapter.  9277 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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