Nietzsche's Humean (All-Too-Humean) Theory of Motivation
Neil Sinhababu (National University of Singapore)

August 3, 2016, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Philosophy program, La Trobe University

MAR 369 (Martin Building, Level 3, Room 369)
Plenty Road & Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne 3086


Cath Yuri
La Trobe University

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Abstract: I describe how Nietzsche joins Hume in defending the view that desire drives all human action and practical reasoning. This shared view of motivation gave them both an appreciation of the continuity between human and animal motivation, and set them against long tradition of rationalist rivals including Kant and Plato. Kantians like Christine Korsgaard argue that our ability to reflectively endorse or reject options presented by desire demonstrates reason's ability to drive reasoning and action independently of desire. In Daybreak 109, Nietzsche provides a simpler Humean explanation of the phenomena that obstructs the ambitions of Kantian moral theory: reflective endorsement and rejection involve reflecting on one desire from the viewpoint of another.

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