Three Faces of Desire
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Three Faces of Desire

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Desires lead to actions, influence feelings, and determine what counts as a reward. Recent empirical evidence shows that these three aspects of desire stem from a common biological origin. Informed by contemporary science as much as by the philosophical tradition, Three Faces of Desire reveals this common foundation and builds a striking new philosophical theory of desire that puts desire's neglected face-reward-at its core. Schroeder delves into the way that actions and feelings are produced in the brain, arguing that a distinctive system is responsible for promoting action, on the one hand, and causing feelings of pleasure and displeasure, on the other. This system, the brain's reward system, is the causal origin of both action and feeling, and is the key to understanding the nature of desire.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 22mm | 498.96g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 2 line illus.
  • 019517237X
  • 9780195172379

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A refreshing reexamination of desire theoryThree Faces of Desire introduces a rich body of neuroscientific data that has been neglected by philosophy of mind for some time, but because of the use Schroeder has made of it, it is doubtful that this neglect will persist for long. * Anthony Landreth, Philosophical Psychology *show more

About Timothy Schroeder

Timothy Schroeder grew up on the Canadian prairies, an environment that afforded him plenty of time for philosophical speculation. He received his B.A. from the University of Lethbridge and his Ph.D. from Stanford University, and is now Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Manitoba.show more

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