The verdictive organization of desire

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)Researchpeer-review

1 Scopus Citations

Abstract

Deliberation often begins with the question ‘What do I want to do?’ rather than a question about what one ought to do. This paper takes that question at face value, as a question about which of one’s desires is strongest, which sometimes guides action. The paper aims to explain which properties of a desire make that desire strong, in the sense of ‘strength’ relevant to this deliberative question. The paper argues that one’s judgment about one wants most will sometimes play a verdictive role, partially determining what the agent most wants, and so making itself true.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-612
Number of pages24
JournalCanadian Journal of Philosophy
Volume47
Issue number5
Early online date9 Jan 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Fingerprint

Deliberation

Keywords

  • Desires
  • Humean theory of reasons
  • practical rationality
  • practical reason
  • self-knowledge

Cite this

@article{95daa5d5157b435bac2f09b468f86633,
title = "The verdictive organization of desire",
abstract = "Deliberation often begins with the question ‘What do I want to do?’ rather than a question about what one ought to do. This paper takes that question at face value, as a question about which of one’s desires is strongest, which sometimes guides action. The paper aims to explain which properties of a desire make that desire strong, in the sense of ‘strength’ relevant to this deliberative question. The paper argues that one’s judgment about one wants most will sometimes play a verdictive role, partially determining what the agent most wants, and so making itself true.",
keywords = "Desires, Humean theory of reasons, practical rationality, practical reason, self-knowledge",
author = "BAKER, {Derek Clayton}",
year = "2017",
doi = "10.1080/00455091.2016.1278149",
language = "English",
volume = "47",
pages = "589--612",
journal = "Canadian Journal of Philosophy",
issn = "0045-5091",
publisher = "Taylor and Francis Ltd.",
number = "5",

}

The verdictive organization of desire. / BAKER, Derek Clayton.

In: Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 47, No. 5, 2017, p. 589-612.

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)Researchpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - The verdictive organization of desire

AU - BAKER, Derek Clayton

PY - 2017

Y1 - 2017

N2 - Deliberation often begins with the question ‘What do I want to do?’ rather than a question about what one ought to do. This paper takes that question at face value, as a question about which of one’s desires is strongest, which sometimes guides action. The paper aims to explain which properties of a desire make that desire strong, in the sense of ‘strength’ relevant to this deliberative question. The paper argues that one’s judgment about one wants most will sometimes play a verdictive role, partially determining what the agent most wants, and so making itself true.

AB - Deliberation often begins with the question ‘What do I want to do?’ rather than a question about what one ought to do. This paper takes that question at face value, as a question about which of one’s desires is strongest, which sometimes guides action. The paper aims to explain which properties of a desire make that desire strong, in the sense of ‘strength’ relevant to this deliberative question. The paper argues that one’s judgment about one wants most will sometimes play a verdictive role, partially determining what the agent most wants, and so making itself true.

KW - Desires

KW - Humean theory of reasons

KW - practical rationality

KW - practical reason

KW - self-knowledge

UR - http://commons.ln.edu.hk/sw_master/5505

U2 - 10.1080/00455091.2016.1278149

DO - 10.1080/00455091.2016.1278149

M3 - Journal Article (refereed)

VL - 47

SP - 589

EP - 612

JO - Canadian Journal of Philosophy

JF - Canadian Journal of Philosophy

SN - 0045-5091

IS - 5

ER -