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Desire as Belief: A Study of Desire, Motivation, and Rationality

Alex Gregory


What is it to want something? Or, as philosophers might ask, what is a desire? This book defends ‘desire-as-belief’, the view that desires are just a special subset of our beliefs: normative beliefs. This view entitles us to accept orthodox models of human motivation and rationality that explain those things with reference to desire, but nonetheless to also make room for our normative beliefs to play a role in those domains. And this view tells us to diverge from the orthodox view on which desires themselves can never be right or wrong. Rather, according to desire-as-belief, our desires can th ... More

Keywords: desire, desire-as-belief, reasons, motivation, rationality, want, preference, normativity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198848172
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198848172.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alex Gregory, author
University of Southampton