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Humean NatureHow desire explains action, thought, and feeling$
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Neil Sinhababu

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198783893

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783893.001.0001

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Agency and the Self

Agency and the Self

(p.167) 10 Agency and the Self
Humean Nature

Neil Sinhababu

Oxford University Press

Chapter 10 presents Humean Self-Constitution, the view that agents are constituted by all of their desires, and not by any other motivational states. Our agency and character explain how we act, think, and feel because they’re constituted by desires that motivate our actions, direct our attention, and cause our feelings. The unity and disunity of our desires explains how we can be unified and disunified as agents. Humean Self-Constitution treats actions from which we’re alienated as genuine actions but doesn’t treat purely compulsive behavior lacking desire’s distinctive phenomenology this way. Our actions are ours because they’re driven by the desires of which we are made.

Keywords:   Desire, Self, Agency, Action, Character

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