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Slaves of the Passions$
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Mark Schroeder

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199299508

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299508.001.0001

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(p.146) 8 Desire
Slaves of the Passions

Mark Schroeder (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter defends Hypotheticalism's account of the nature of desire. Chapters 2 through 7 were neutral on the nature of desire, but in this chapter it is argued that in order for it to be possible to be motivated by our reasons without thinking about their background conditions, the background conditions on reasons must be the kind of thing to be motivationally efficacious. It is argued, following Scanlon, that desires involve directed attention and represent certain things as being reasons. But it is also shown that this thesis does not require that reasons be part of the analysis of desires; on the contrary, Hypotheticalism can explain, while Scanlon's view cannot, how reasons get to be part of the content of desires.

Keywords:   background conditions, T.M. Scanlon, directed attention, analysis, content

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