The great accomplishment of in praise of desire is that it shows that a robust theory of virtue and moral responsibility can be founded on a behavioral and neural basis as such it is an excellent contribution to moral psychology polaris koi doctoral candidate in philosophy at the university of turku finland metapsychology. In praise of desire nomy arpaly and timothy schroeder oxford moral theory offers a new defense of desire centered moral psychology treats desires as non cognitive states and does not attempt to refine or constrain them before holding that they make possible action for the morally right reasons praiseworthy action and virtue. In praise of desire aims to show that ordinary desires belong at the heart of moral psychology it has three core theses adding up to a doctrine it calls spare conativism these are 1 that intrinsic desires for the right or good correctly conceived are what makes it possible to act for the right reasons 2 that doing what is right or good out of an intrinsic desires for the right or . Joining the ancient debate over the roles of reason and appetite in the moral mind in praise of desire takes the side of appetite acting for moral reasons acting in a praiseworthy manner and acting out of virtue amount to nothing more than acting out of intrinsic desires for the right or the good correctly conceived. gf schueler mind the great accomplishment of in praise of desire is that it shows that a robust theory of virtue and moral responsibility can be founded on a behavioral and neural basis as such it is an excellent contribution to moral psychology
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