Philosophy Seminar - Graham Oddie

When:10 Oct 2017, 12:30pm - 3pm
Venue:Morven Brown 209 (map ref C20)
Who:Graham Oddie (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Graham Oddie


According to one version of the evaluative theory of desire, desires are appearances of value. To desire P is for P to seem, or appear, good to one. A telling objection to the theory (urged recently by Federico Lauria) appeals to a popular doctrine that can be traced back to Socrates but also receives a strong endorsement in contemporary subjective decision theory: that when one comes to believe that the object of one's desire obtains, that desire dies. I argue for an understanding of desire on which this principle fails, although the theory explains both the scope and the limits of the doctrine. The theory also illuminates recent work on the difference between liking and wanting.

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