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The World, the Flesh and the SubjectContinental Themes in Philosophy of Mind and Body$
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Paul Gilbert and Kathleen Lennon

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748614981

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614981.001.0001

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Desire

Desire

Chapter:
(p.66) 4 Desire
Source:
The World, the Flesh and the Subject
Author(s):

Paul Gilbert

Kathleen Lennon

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614981.003.0004

This chapter explores the nature of desire by drawing a contrast between what might be termed depth and surface accounts. Depth accounts see desires as inner features of agents, pushing them towards certain engagements in the world designed to satisfy the desire and thereby, in many accounts, to satisfy the person. Surface accounts see desires as surface modifications of the body: patterns of behaviour in relation to our environment that have been socially imprinted. What is important about surface accounts is a recognition that desire is central to our becoming subjects: our subjectivities are desiring subjectivities.

Keywords:   desire, depth accounts, surface accounts

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