Humean Nature: How desire explains action, thought, and feeling by Neil SinhababuHumean Nature: How desire explains action, thought, and feeling by Neil Sinhababu

Humean Nature: How desire explains action, thought, and feeling

byNeil Sinhababu

Hardcover | April 22, 2017

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Neil Sinhababu defends the Humean Theory of Motivation, according to which desire drives all human action and practical reasoning. Desire motivates us to pursue its object, makes thoughts of its object pleasant or unpleasant, focuses attention on its object, and is amplified by vividrepresentations of its object. These aspects of desire explain a vast range of psychological phenomena - why motivation often accompanies moral belief, how intentions shape our planning, how we exercise willpower, what it is to be a human self, how we express our emotions in action, why weprocrastinate, and what we daydream about. Some philosophers regard such phenomena as troublesome for the Humean Theory, but the properties of desire help Humeans provide simpler and better explanations of these phenomena than their opponents can. The success of the Humean Theory in explaining awide range of folk-psychological and experimental data, including those that its opponents cite in counterexamples, suggest that it is true. And the Humean Theory has revolutionary consequences for ethics, suggesting that moral judgments are beliefs about what feelings like guilt, admiration, andhope accurately represent in objective reality.
Neil Sinhababu is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the National University of Singapore. His previous work defending the Humean Theory of Motivation has appeared in Philosophical Review and Nous. He has also published on philosophy of mind, ethics, epistemology, Nietzsche, and how to have romantic relationships with people in other...
Title:Humean Nature: How desire explains action, thought, and feelingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.03 inPublished:April 22, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The return of the Humean Theory2. Properties of desire3. Desire and pleasure4. Moral judgment5. Desire and attention6. Intention7. Desire and vividness8. Willpower9. Reasons10. Agency and the self11. Metaethics for Humean beings