Sinhababu, Neil. Humean Nature: How Desire Explains Action, Thought, and Feeling
Desire-Belief Theory of Action: One is motivated to A if and only if desire that E is combined with belief that one can raise E’s probability by A-ing.
Desire-Belief Theory of Reasoning: Desire that M is created as the conclusion of reasoning if and only if the reasoning combines desire that E with belief that M would raise E’s probability. And it is eliminated as the conclusion of reasoning if and only if the reasoning eliminates such a combination.
Sinhababu employs two different strategies. When opponents argue for different explanations for certain phenomena, he rejects the opponents’ explanations by showing that they postulate an unnecessarily abundant ontology. When opponents object that the Humean Theory cannot explain certain phenomena,...
- Arpaly, N. (2018). Neil Sinhababu, Humean Nature: how desire explains action, thought, and feeling. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/humean-nature-how-desire-explains-action-thought-and-feeling/. Accessed 17 August 2018