The Nature of Desire by Julien A. DeonnaThe Nature of Desire by Julien A. Deonna

The Nature of Desire

EditorJulien A. Deonna, Federico Lauria

Hardcover | July 17, 2017

Pricing and Purchase Info

$69.50 online 
$81.50 list price save 14%
Earn 348 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


Ships within 1-3 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


Despite desire's universally understood significance, it has been largely omitted from recent philosophy of mind scholarship. This book's purpose is to redress the imbalance, and to bestow on desire the same level of inquiry as is frequently given to, for example, perception, belief, emotion,and intention.What are desires? According to dogma, desire is a motivational state: desiring is being disposed to act. This conception aligns with the functionalist approach to desire and the standard account of desire's role in explaining action. According to a second influential approach, however, desire isfirst and foremost an evaluation: "desiring" is representing something as good. Are desires motivational states, or are they evaluative states? The first section of the volume is devoted to these questions, and to the puzzle of desire's essence. The second part investigates some implications that the various conceptions of desire have on a number of fundamental issues. For example, why are inconsistent desires problematic? What is desire'srole in practical deliberation? How do we know what we want? This volume will contribute to the emergence of a fruitful debate on a neglected, albeit crucial, dimension of the mind.
Julien A. Deonna is associate professor in philosophy at the University of Geneva and project leader at CISA, the Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences. His research interests are in the philosophy of mind, in particular the philosophy of emotions, moral emotions and moral psychology. In addition to many articles in the area, he is the c...
Title:The Nature of DesireFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 17, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199370966

ISBN - 13:9780199370962

Look for similar items by category: