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Slaves of the Passions$
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Mark Schroeder

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199299508

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299508.001.0001

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(p.179) 10 Instrumentalism
Slaves of the Passions

Mark Schroeder (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter considers whether the Humean Theory of Reasons is subject to a range of charges that it is objectionably instrumentalist. Six possible claims are distinguished, from the thesis that it is impossible to deliberate about what to desire, to the thesis that at least some desires are beyond the scope of rational criticism, to the thesis that you can't have any reasons if you don't have any desires. It is shown that Hypotheticalism is only committed to the weakest of these theses, and argued that this is far from objectionable.

Keywords:   deliberation, desire, rational criticism, Hypotheticalism

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