Paul Gilbert and Kathleen Lennon

in The World, the Flesh and the Subject

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780748614981
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652495 | DOI:

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This chapter explores the nature of desire by drawing a contrast between what might be termed depth and surface accounts. Depth accounts see desires as inner features of agents, pushing them towards certain engagements in the world designed to satisfy the desire and thereby, in many accounts, to satisfy the person. Surface accounts see desires as surface modifications of the body: patterns of behaviour in relation to our environment that have been socially imprinted. What is important about surface accounts is a recognition that desire is central to our becoming subjects: our subjectivities are desiring subjectivities.

Keywords: desire; depth accounts; surface accounts

Chapter.  10619 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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