In Praise of Desire

2015.08.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Nomy Arpaly and Timothy Schroeder, In Praise of Desire, Oxford University Press, 2014, 316pp., $49.95 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.08.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Nomy Arpaly and Timothy Schroeder, In Praise of Desire, Oxford University Press, 2014, 316pp., $49.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780199348169. Reviewed by Richard Holton, University of Cambridge In recent years, desire has had a hard time of it. In this pleasingly forthright and readable book, Nomy Arpaly and Timothy Schroeder come to its defence. That said, the domain of its defence remains limited. The authors do not contend that the moral facts themselves have their basis in desire; nor do they claim that moral beliefs are desires; nor that we should aim to satisfy desires. They remain non-committal about both normative ethics and metaethics. The focus is rather on moral psychology. Here, though, desire does get a lot of work to do. In summary, and omitting various details, Arpaly and Schroeder start by defending the thesis that to act for a reason is to act on an intrinsic desire. From this they... Read. . .

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