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H. A. Prichard and Jim MacAdam

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250196

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199250197.001.0001

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The Psychology of Willing

The Psychology of Willing

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(p.270) 15. The Psychology of Willing
Source:
Moral Writings
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H. A. Prichard

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199250197.003.0015

Often an action causes both evil and benefit for the agent. No general account can be given for what happens when one considers in light of this evil and benefit whether to undertake the action in question. Prichard maintains that in willing a movement, there are two acts of will. First, there is the willing to think more of what one shall gain in willing x (than one shall lose in willing x), which results from the desire to will x. Second, there is the willing of the change x.

Keywords:   action, benefit, desire, evil, gain, will, willing

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