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Three Faces of Desire

Timothy Schroeder


Desires lead to actions, influence feelings, and determine what counts as a reward. Recent empirical evidence shows that these three aspects of desire stem from a common biological origin. Informed by contemporary science as much as by the philosophical tradition, this book reveals this common foundation and builds a new philosophical theory of desire that puts desire's neglected face — reward — at its core. This book delves into the way that actions and feelings are produced in the brain, arguing that a distinctive system is responsible for promoting action, on the one hand, and causing feeli ... More

Keywords: desires, actions, feelings, reward, pleasure, displeasure, brain, reward system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195172379
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172379.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Schroeder, author
University of Manitoba