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In Praise of Desire

Nomy Arpaly and Timothy Schroeder


In Praise of Desire aims to show that ordinary desires belong at the heart of moral psychology. It has three core theses, adding up to a doctrine it calls Spare Conativism. These are (1) that intrinsic desires for the right or good (correctly conceived) are what makes it possible to act for the right reasons; (2) that doing what is right or good out of an intrinsic desires for the right or good (correctly conceived) is acting in a praiseworthy manner; and (3) that to be virtuous is to greatly intrinsically desire the right or good (correctly conceived). In addition, intrinsic desi ... More

Keywords: Moral psychology, Desire, Reasons, Acting for reasons, Praise, Blame, Virtue, Deliberation, Addiction

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199348169
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199348169.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nomy Arpaly, author
Brown University

Timothy Schroeder, author
The Ohio State University

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