The verdictive organization of desire
Canadian Journal of Philosophy
Advance online publication
Taylor & Francis
Desires, practical reason, practical rationality, self-knowledge, Humean theory of reasons
Deliberation often begins with the question ‘What do I want to do?’ rather than a question about what one ought to do. This paper takes that question at face value, as a question about which of one’s desires is strongest, which sometimes guides action. The paper aims to explain which properties of a desire make that desire strong, in the sense of ‘strength’ relevant to this deliberative question. The paper argues that one’s judgment about one wants most will sometimes play a verdictive role, partially determining what the agent most wants, and so making itself true.
This work was supported by Research Grants Council of Hong Kong SAR, China [Grant Number LU342612, ‘Autonomy as Self-Interpretation’].
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Baker, D. (2017). The verdictive organization of desire. Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00455091.2016.1278149