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

Neil Sinhababu


This book defends the Humean Theory of Motivation, according to which desire drives all human action and practical reasoning. In addition to motivating action, desire causes pleasant and unpleasant feelings depending on our thoughts concerning its object, directs our attention towards its object, and is amplified by vivid representations of its object. These properties of desire help the Humean Theory provide illuminating accounts of moral judgment, intention, willpower, and agency, and account for a variety of psychological phenomena that its opponents believe it can’t explain. Emotional disp ... More

Keywords: Desire, Action, Reasoning, Motivation, Hume, Morality, Intention, Willpower, Agency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198783893
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783893.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Sinhababu, author
National University of Singapore