Version of Record online: 26 OCT 2006
Volume 1, Issue 6, pages 631–639, November 2006
How to Cite
Schroeder, T. (2006), Desire. Philosophy Compass, 1: 631–639. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-9991.2006.00047.x
- Issue online: 26 OCT 2006
- Version of Record online: 26 OCT 2006
- Philosophy Compass 1/6 (2006): 631–639, 10.1111/j.1747-9991.2006.00047.x
Desires move us to action, give us urges, incline us to joy at their satisfaction, and incline us to sorrow at their frustration. Naturalistic work on desire has focused on distinguishing which of these phenomena are part of the nature of desire, and which are merely normal consequences of desiring. Three main answers have been proposed. The first holds that the central necessary fact about desires is that they lead to action. The second makes pleasure the essence of desire. And the third holds that the central necessary fact about desires is that they open us to reward-based learning.