Desires Don’t Have a Desire-Like Direction of Fit
Bence Nanay (University of Antwerp, Cambridge University), Paolo Natali (University of Geneva), Bence Nanay (University of Antwerp, Cambridge University), Paolo Natali (University of Geneva)

November 16, 2021, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Abstract: Desires are widely, in fact, universally, taken to have, well, desire-like direction of fit. The aim of this paper is to argue that – at least on one important understanding of what direction of fit is – this is not so. I give a two-step argument: The goal state of desires is represented by mental imagery and if the goal state of desires is represented by mental imagery, then desires don’t have world-to-mind (or prescriptive) intrinsic direction of fit. In other words, desires don’t have desire-like direction of fit.

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