Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy

Publication Date

2014

Volume

8

First Page

1

Last Page

29

Abstract

A number of philosophers have offered quasi-perceptual theories of desire, according to which to desire something is roughly to “see” it as having value or providing reasons. These are offered as alternatives to the more traditional Humean Theory of Motivation, which denies that desires have a representational aspect. This paper examines the various considerations offered by advocates to motivate quasi-perceptualism. It argues that Humeanism is in fact able to explain the same data that the quasi-perceptualist can explain, and in one case the Humean explanation is superior. Quasi-perceptual accounts of desire, the paper concludes, are for the most part unmotivated.

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15593061

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2014 University of Southern California, Gould School of Law.

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Recommended Citation

Baker, D. (2014). The abductive case for humeanism over quasi-perceptual theories of desire. Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, 8, 1-29.

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