Oxford: Oxford University Press (2017)
This book defends the Humean Theory of Motivation, according to which desire drives all action and practical reasoning.
Desire motivates us to pursue its object. It makes thoughts of its object pleasant.
It focuses attention on its object. Its effects are amplified by vivid representations of its object. These aspects of desire explain why motivation usually accompanies moral belief, how intentions shape our plans, how we exercise willpower, what human selves are, how action can express emotion, why we procrastinate, and how we daydream. The Humean Theory also suggests a new account of moral judgment that upholds objectivity while understanding moral concepts in terms of our feelings.