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Philosophy Club Speaker: Neil Sinhababu

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Storrs Campus
Austin 434

Neil Sinhababu will be giving a talk titled "Humean Nature" on Tuesday September 27th, 6pm. The talk will be in Austin 434.

Abstract: I defend the Humean theory of motivation, according to which desire drives all moral judgment and practical reasoning. First I lay out the significance of the Humean theory for moral philosophy. Then I describe how desire motivates action, causes pleasant and unpleasant feelings, directs our attention, and is intensified by vivid representations of things we associate with its objects. I use these properties of desire to explain how we recognize options in practical reasoning, how we make moral judgments, and the nature of the self.


Alycia Laguardia,

Philosophy Department (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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