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Why Hunger is not a Desire

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)617-635
JournalREVIEW OF PHILOSOPHY AND PSYCHOLOGY
Volume8
Issue number3
Early online date27 Feb 2017
DOIs
Accepted/In press18 Feb 2017
E-pub ahead of print27 Feb 2017
PublishedSep 2017

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Abstract

This paper presents an account of the nature of desire, informed by psychology and neuroscience, which entails that hunger is not a desire. The account is contrasted with Schroeder’s well-known empirically-informed theory of desire. It is argued that one significant virtue of the present account, in comparison with Schroeder’s theory, is that it draws a sharp distinction between desires and basic drives, such as the drive for food. One reason to draw this distinction is that experiments on incentive learning show that desires and basic drives influence action in different ways.

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