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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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Five Properties of Desire

Five Properties of Desire

(p.22) 2 Five Properties of Desire
Humean Nature

Neil Sinhababu

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 presents five properties of desire which will be used in psychological explanations throughout the rest of the book. Desire motivates action when combined with a belief about how to attain a desired object. It causes pleasant or unpleasant feelings when we vividly sense or imagine its object or its object’s absence, or when our beliefs about the probability of attaining the object change. It directs attention towards things we associate with its object. All of these effects are amplified when the object of desire is vividly sensed or imagined. Desire also can’t be generated by reasoning that begins with beliefs alone.

Keywords:   Desire, Motivation, Pleasure, Attention, Vividness, Reasoning

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