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Sartre's Theory of Motivation

ContributorsVanello, Daniel
Published inSouthern Journal of Philosophy, vol. 57, no. 2, p. 259-278
Publication date2019
Abstract

The aim of this paper is to offer a novel reconstruction of Sartre's theory of motivation. I argue for four related claims: (a) Sartre's theory of motivation revolves around the Schelerian-inspired notion of affectivity and the peculiar way affectivity provides us access to evaluative properties of the objects in our environment; (b) according to Sartre, the structure of intentional action, and in particular the act of choice and commitment to projects, is inextricably linked with “affectivity”; (c) the inextricable link between intentional action and affectivity is to be analysed in terms of the fundamental structure of consciousness as being self-present thus making the agent non-positionally aware of her choices and commitments; (d) an agent is motivated to act when her affective disclosure of value is in part constituted by the awareness of her commitments to relevant projects.

Keywords
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Phenomenology
  • Action Theory
  • Jean Paul Sartre
  • Motivation
  • Emotion
Funding
  • Swiss National Science Foundation - 157441
Citation (ISO format)
VANELLO, Daniel. Sartre’s Theory of Motivation. In: Southern Journal of Philosophy, 2019, vol. 57, n° 2, p. 259–278. doi: 10.1111/sjp.12321
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ISSN of the journal0038-4283
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