Title
Reid's moral psychology : animal motives as guides to virtue Reid's moral psychology : animal motives as guides to virtue
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Publication type
article
Publication
Calgary, Alta ,
Subject
Philosophy
Source (journal)
Canadian journal of philosophy. - Calgary, Alta, 1971, currens
Volume/pages
41(2014) :1 , p. 122-141
ISSN
0045-5091
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c:vabb:380390
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
My aim in this paper is to show that animal motives play an important role in guiding human agents to virtue, according to Reid. Animal motives, for Reid, are constituted of desires and of their objects. These desires are intrinsic desires for objects other than moral or prudential worth. However, from a rational and moral point of view, animal motives are good and useful parts of the human constitution that lead to happiness, teach self-government, create the habit of acting virtuously, and add force to rational motives. Understanding animal motives as guides to virtue provides Reid with the hybrid sentimentalist/rationalist account he seeks to offer.
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