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Three Faces of Desire$
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Timothy Schroeder

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172379

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172379.001.0001

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Desire and Aversion

Desire and Aversion

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(p.131) 5 Desire and Aversion
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Three Faces of Desire
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Timothy Schroeder

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172379.003.0006

This chapter reports a detailed version of the theory of desire and resolves the long list of questions appropriate to every theory of desire. It begins with a statement of a reward theory of desire. It also presents what is thought the most plausible set of positions available to a reward theorist on the metaphysically inessential, but very important, features of human desires. Specifically discussed are the desire strength, consciousness and desire, acquiring and losing desires, fleeting desires, instrumental desires and direction of fit. Lastly, the controversy of the reward theory on moral motivation is shown.

Keywords:   desire, aversion, reward theory, moral motivation

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