Desire and Aversion

Timothy Schroeder

in Three Faces of Desire

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780195172379
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849987 | DOI:

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

Desire and Aversion

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This chapter reports a detailed version of the theory of desire and resolves the long list of questions appropriate to every theory of desire. It begins with a statement of a reward theory of desire. It also presents what is thought the most plausible set of positions available to a reward theorist on the metaphysically inessential, but very important, features of human desires. Specifically discussed are the desire strength, consciousness and desire, acquiring and losing desires, fleeting desires, instrumental desires and direction of fit. Lastly, the controversy of the reward theory on moral motivation is shown.

Keywords: desire; aversion; reward theory; moral motivation

Chapter.  17102 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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