Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Elijah Millgram's paper becomes "Was Hume a Gunman?"

Autocorrect on my new phone was set to change "Humean" to "Gunman". I suppose the Gunman theory of motivation might provide sufficient conditions for when action is motivated.

1 comment:

Matt said...

I like the idea of a "gunman" theory of motivation. It could be made as a refinement of a Hobbesian view, or perhaps of John Austin's (the legal theorist, not the ordinary language philosopher) view. You could hold that a "pure" case of motivation is what you do when threatened by a gunman, and that all other cases are less pure or problematic insofar as they move away from that characteristic case. It wouldn't be obviously more absurd than many theories of motivation, I'd think.