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Desire, Practical Reason, and the Good$
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Sergio Tenenbaum

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195382440

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382440.001.0001

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The Form of the Will

The Form of the Will

(p.138) 7 The Form of the Will
Desire, Practical Reason, and the Good

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She who is doing something intentionally represents doing it as good. The chapter argues that this describes the logical form of a practical representation. A practical representation is, formally, a conclusion of practical reasoning; it is practical in that it is a representation according to which its subject acts. The thesis, then, expresses the unity of practical reasoning and acting according to a representation. This explains why it has met with incomprehension: It articulates a conception of reason as practical that is out of reach of the empiricism that strangles much of contemporary philosophy.

Keywords:   will, practical reason, causality of the will, form of predication, good

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