Single Idea 3815

[catalogued under 20. Action / C. Motives for Action / 3. Acting on Reason / b. Intellectualism]

Full Idea

The single greatest difference between humans and other animals as far as rationality is concerned is our ability to create, recognise and act on desire-independent reasons for action.

Gist of Idea

The essence of humanity is desire-independent reasons for action


John Searle (Rationality in Action [2001], Ch.1.II)

Book Reference

Searle,John R.: 'Rationality in Action' [MIT 2001], p.32