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The Good and the True$
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Michael Morris

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198239444

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239444.001.0001

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Understanding People

Understanding People

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(p.243) 12 Understanding People
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The Good and the True
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Michael Morris

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239444.003.0013

This chapter explains humansʼ behaviour. It aims to provide a conception of the kind of explanation which we get from knowledge of people's beliefs, desires, and other attitudes. The definition of the core cases of concept-possession characterized possession of a concept as a matter of being liable to respond in ways which would be appropriately intrinsically assessable. The chapter develops a sense in which thoughts and feelings determine behaviour which does not have this consequence. If we act freely, we do so when our actions are explained by our thoughts and feelings. To say that someone does something for this reason is to say that this is its significance — and that it has this significance essential to its being this behaviour.

Keywords:   behaviour, beliefs, desires, attitudes, concept-possession, intrinsically assessable actions

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