Desire, Practical Reason, and the Good: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives by Sergio Tenenbaum

Desire, Practical Reason, and the Good: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives

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Most philosophers working in moral psychology and practical reason think that either the notion of "good" or the notion of "desire" have central roles to play in our understanding of intentional explanations and practical reasoning. However, philosophers disagree sharply over how we aresupposed to understand the notions of "desire" and "good", how these notions relate, and whether both play a significant and independent role in practical reason. In particular, the "Guise of the Good" thesis -- the view that desire (or perhaps intention, or intentional action) always aims at thegood - has received renewed attention in the last twenty years. Can one have desire for things that the desirer does not perceive to be good in any, or form intentions to act in way that one does not deem to be good? Does the notion of good play any essential role in an account of deliberation orpractical reason? Moreover, philosophers also disagree about the relevant notion of good. Is it a purely formal notion, or does it involve a substantive conception of the good? Is the primary notion, the notion of the good for a particular agent, or the notion of good simpliciter? Does the relevantnotion of good make essential appeal to human nature, or would it in principle extend to all rational beings? While these questions are central in contemporary work in ethics, practical reason, and philosophy of action, they are not new; similar issues were discussed in the ancient period. Thisvolume of essays aims to bring together "systematic" and more historically-oriented work on these issues.

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Sergio Tenenbaum is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, Canada.

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Title:Desire, Practical Reason, and the Good: Classical and Contemporary PerspectivesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Sergio Tenenbaum: Introduction2. Matt Evans: A Partisan Guide to Socratic Intellectualism3. Rachel Barney: Plato on the Desire for the Go4. Jessica Moss: Aristotle's non-trivial, non-insane view that everyone always desires things under the guise of the good5. Kieran Setiya: Sympathy for the Devil6. Joseph Raz: The Guise of the Good7. Sebastian Rodl: The Form of the Will8. Matthew Boyle and Doug Lavin: Goodness and Desire9. Sergio Tenenbaum: Good and Good For10. Phil Clark: Aspects, Guises, Species, and Knowing Something to be Good