Neil Sinhababu: "Desire's Explanations"

Philosophy Colloquium

May 07, 2013


May 23, 2013


Humanities 1, 320

I defend a Humean theory of motivation on which desire motivates all action and drives all practical reasoning. I respond to objections from Christine Korsgaard, David Velleman, and others suggesting that this view leaves no room for the self in action. I argue that all the agent's desires are part of the self, and that their effects include the self's decision and action.

Neil Sinhababu is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at National University of Singapore. He works on Ethics and Metaethics.