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The Wild and the WickedOn Nature and Human Nature$
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Benjamin Hale

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035408

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035408.001.0001

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Control Freak

Control Freak

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(p.123) 5 Control Freak
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The Wild and the Wicked
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Benjamin Hale

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035408.003.0006

This chapter aims to explore actions more closely, specifically turning an eye to matters of intentional action. The chapter distinguishes instances of wanting from instances of willing, and drives a wedge between motivating and justificatory reasons that will be further explored in Chapter 7. It contrasts the case of the Appalachian Trail Murders with the Ives Bear Attack (from Chapter 2) to suggest that motivating reasons are primarily employed in explanatory arguments, but that justificatory reasons emerge as principles of the will.

Keywords:   The drives, motivating reasons, justificatory reasons, the Will, desire, brute reasons, Freud

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