Reason, Emotion and Will

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Wallace (Humboldt-Universit<:a>t zu Berlin, Germany) collects 25 influential essays on moral psychology which were originally published between 1977 and 1997. The selections describe differing perspectives on motivation and desire, reasons and desires, desire and the good, weakness and strength of will, and shame, guilt, and remorse. Topics include the Humean theory of motivation; the powers and limits of practical reasoning; Williams' argument against external reasons; the authority of desire; skepticism about weakness of will; subjective guilt and responsibility; and the decline of guilt. Lacks a subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Series Preface
Pt. I Motivation and Desire
1 The Humean Theory of Motivation 3
2 Practical Tortoise Raising 29
3 Motivational Internalism: The Powers and Limits of Practical Reasoning 47
4 Why There is Really No Such Thing as the Theory of Motivation 67
5 Taking Plans Seriously 85
Pt. II Reasons and Desires
6 How to Argue about Practical Reason 105
7 Williams' Argument Against External Reasons 137
8 Internal Reasons 161
9 The Possibility of Practical Reason 185
10 Reasons and Motivation 219
11 Reasons and Motivation 251
Pt. III Desire and the Good
12 Desiring the Bad: An Essay in Moral Psychology 269
13 The Guise of the Good 285
14 The Authority of Desire 309
15 The Faintest Passion 357
Pt. IV Weakness and Strength of Will
16 Where Does the Akratic Break Take Place? 371
17 Weakness of Will and Practical Judgment 385
18 Weakness of Will 409
19 Skepticism about Weakness of Will 427
20 Will Power and the Virtues 451
Pt. V Shame, Guilt, Remorse
21 Subjective Guilt and Responsibility 475
22 Shame and Self-Esteem: A Critique 493
23 Impersonality, Character, and Moral Expressivism 515
24 Is It Reasonable to Regret Things One Did? 533
25 The Decline of Guilt 545
Name Index 561
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