Unhappy Desires

Denise Meyerson

in False Consciousness

Published in print May 1991 | ISBN: 9780198248194
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681073 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

Unhappy Desires

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The idea of proletariat false consciousness presupposes that what is good or desirable for people is both factual matter and independent of their desires. This chapter argues the following: there is a fact of the matter about interests; what is good for people does not depend on what they want; bare knowledge of the facts about interests elicit desire is false; and to be wrong about what is in your interests is to be wrong about desires is also false. Discussions in this chapter includes: inhuman, sophisticated, unnatural and imaginary appetites; some theories about desire; true wants; prudential considerations and motivations; facts and interests; reasons; and a want-independent conception of interests.

Keywords: false consciousness; desires; interests; true wants; prudential considerations; motivations; reasons

Chapter.  22947 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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