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The Retreat of ReasonA dilemma in the philosophy of life$
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Ingmar Persson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199276900.001.0001

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AN ANALYSIS OF DESIRE

AN ANALYSIS OF DESIRE

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(p.46) 4 AN ANALYSIS OF DESIRE
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The Retreat of Reason
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Ingmar Persson (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199276900.003.0005

Several distinctions with respect to desiring or wanting are presented: between intelligent desire (which is manifested in intentional action) and non-intelligent (instinctual) desire, between wanting and wishing, between wanting something for its own sake and wanting it for the sake of something else, between wanting to do something and being forced (to want) to do it, between wanting and intending, and between dormant and occurrent desires. A dispositional analysis of desire is offered according to which a desire is an internal state, which manifests itself both in action and thought. It is claimed that a desire in a specified sense is necessary for intentional action, but denied that desiring requires having any feelings.

Keywords:   desire, feeling, intention, intentional action, wanting, wishing

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