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Want and Belief Conflicts

N. M. L. Nathan

in Will and World

Published in print January 1992 | ISBN: 9780198239543
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679957 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239543.003.0002
Want and Belief Conflicts

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There two stages in the negative resolution of a want and belief conflict. At the deliberative stage, the victim or some alien helper tries to decide which if either of the two conflicting attitudes should be abolished. At the executive stage, the victim or somebody else carries the decision out. The philosopher has help to offer at both these stages. However, before this chapter goes into the precise nature of what it has to offer, it would elaborate a little on an initial description of want and belief conflicts themselves. There is overall no reason why the philosopher should not also help in the resolution of these second-order conflicts, and no reason either way why they too should not be called metaphysical.

Keywords: negative resolution; want; belief; conflict; deliberative stage; executive stage; philosophy; second-order conflict

Chapter.  7160 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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