Humeans, anti-humeans, and motivation

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In 'THe Human Therory of Motivation' Micheal Smith attempts two takss: he offers an account of the debate about motivation between Humeans and anti-Humeans and he provides arguments that are designed to show that the Humeans win.1 While the paper is of great virtue in clarifying the debate, I believe that it falls short of both its goals. It does not highlight the really central issue between Humeans and anti-Humeans and it does not provide arguments which would settle that issue in favour of the Humean side.Smith makes three points in setting up the debate between Humeans and anti-Humeans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)530-533
Number of pages4
Issue number384
StatePublished - Oct 1987
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy


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