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Single Idea 4762

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 4. Belief / a. Beliefs]

Full Idea

A problem for the Humean theory of motivation is that it is disputed that beliefs are only representational states, which cannot, unlike desires, move us to act.

Gist of Idea

The Humean theory of motivation is that beliefs may be motivators as well as desires


Pascal Engel (Truth [2002], 4.2)

Book Reference

Engel,Pascal: 'Truth' [Acumen 2002], p.110

A Reaction

This is a crucial issue for Humeans and empiricists. Rationalists claim that people act for reasons, so that reasons are intrinsically motivational (like the Form of the Good), and reasons may even be considered direct causes of actions.