The desires of others

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An influential view, defended by Thomas Scanlon and others, holds that desires are almost never reasons. I seek to resist this view and show that someone who desires something does thereby have a reason to satisfy her desire. To show this, I argue, first, that the desires of some others are reasons for us and, second, that our own desires are no less reason-giving than those of others. In concluding, I emphasize that accepting my view does not commit one to a desire-based account of reasons. Desires can be simply one kind of reasons alongside many others.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-400
JournalPacific Philosophical Quarterly
Volume91
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2010

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