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Will as Commitment and Resolve – An Existential Account of Creativity, Love, Virtue, and Happiness - Fordham Scholarship Online
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Will as Commitment and Resolve: An Existential Account of Creativity, Love, Virtue, and Happiness

John J. Davenport


In contemporary philosophy, the will is often regarded as a sheer philosophical fiction. In this book, the author argues not only that the will is the central power of human agency that makes decisions and forms intentions, but also that it includes the capacity to generate new motivation different in structure from prepurposive desires. The concept of “projective motivation” is the central innovation in the existential account of the everyday notion of striving will. Beginning with the contrast between “eastern” and “western” attitudes toward ... More

Keywords: will, human agency, prepurposive desire, projective motivation, eudaimonism, egoism, happiness, radical evil, motivation, moral psychology

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780823225750
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823225750.001.0001


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John J. Davenport, author

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