Journal Article

Desires

Kris McDaniel and Ben Bradley

in Mind

Published on behalf of Mind Association

Volume 117, issue 466, pages 267-302
Published in print April 2008 | ISSN: 0026-4423
Published online April 2008 | e-ISSN: 1460-2113 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mind/fzn044
Desires

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It is not at all obvious how best to draw the distinction between conditional and unconditional desires. In this paper we examine extant attempts to analyse conditional desire. From the failures of those attempts, we draw a moral that leads us to the correct account of conditional desires. We then extend the account of conditional desires to an account of all desires. It emerges that desires do not have the structure that they have been thought to have. We attempt to explain the distinction between intrinsic and extrinsic desire in light of our account of desire. We show how to use our account to solve Wollheim's paradox of democracy and to save modus ponens. Finally, we extend the account of desire to related phenomena, such as conditional promises, intentions, and commands.

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Subjects: Metaphysics ; Epistemology ; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic ; Philosophy of Mind ; Philosophy of Language

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