Pratical Reasons and the Redundancy of Motives

Norman, Richard J. (2001) Pratical Reasons and the Redundancy of Motives. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 4 (1). pp. 3-22. ISSN 1386-2820. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Jonathan Dancy, in his 1994 Aristotelian Society Presidential Address, set out to show ''why there is really no such thing as the theory of motivation''. In this paper I want to agree that there is no such thing, and to offer reasons of a different kind for that conclusion. I shall suggest that the so-called lsquotheory of motivationrsquo misconstrues the question which it purports to answer, and that when we properly analyse the question and distinguish it clearly from other questions with which it should not be confused, we do not need a theory of motivation at all.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Fiona Godfrey
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2009 16:09
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