An Introduction to the Philosophy of Time and Space by Bas C. Van Fraassen

By Bas C. Van Fraassen

An introductory, ancient survey of philosophical positions on area and time, in the course of the designated concept of relativity and the causal concept of time.

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Interwoven with the hydraulic reading of the Humean theory of motivation is the disputed concept of a desire. 15 In this interpretation a desire is essentially a state with a phenomenological content – a psychological feeling analogous to bodily sensations. 16 For the present purposes, however, this debate is irrelevant. 14 McNaughton in [70, p. 21] and Smith in [87, pp. 101–102]. 15 Smith in [87, p. 105] for the notion of ‘strong phenomenological concept’. In [87, pp. 112–113] Smith argues that Hume did not believe desires to have phenomenological content essentially.

First, it tacitly maintains cognitivism. Second, it defends a version of appraiser internalism by claiming that if an agent believes herself to have a normative reason, then this belief may motivate action, but it denies that this belief necessarily motivates, as an agent may suffer from practical irrationality. Third and finally, it denies that the Humean theory of motivation applies to normative reasons. Although it allows for 39 Smith in [87, pp. 177–178]. 40 Smith in [87, pp. 148, 178 and 181].

76]. 3 39 Internalism in relation to normative reasons The second approach to the moral problem to be considered here tries to reconcile the Humean theory of motivation, appraiser internalism and cognitivism. It is developed from considerations regarding explanations of intentional actions by means of motivating and normative reasons. The details of this approach are worth a closer look. Intentional and deliberative explanations Intentional actions may be explained from both an intentional and a deliberative perspective.

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