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Depression and motivation.

Smith, Benedict (2012) 'Depression and motivation.', Phenomenology and the cognitive sciences., 12 (4). pp. 615-635.

Abstract

Among the characteristic features of depression is a diminishment in or lack of action and motivation. In this paper, I consider a dominant philosophical account which purports to explain this lack of action or motivation. This approach comes in different versions but a common theme is, I argue, an over reliance on psychologistic assumptions about action–explanation and the nature of motivation. As a corrective I consider an alternative view that gives a prominent place to the body in motivation. Central to the experience of depression are changes to how a person is motivated to act and, also as central, are changes to bodily feelings and capacities. I argue that broadly characterizing motivation in terms of bodily capacities can, in particular, provide a more compelling account of depressive motivational pathology.

Item Type:Article
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11097-012-9264-0
Publisher statement:The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11097-012-9264-0
Date accepted:29 November 1999
Date deposited:19 July 2016
Date of first online publication:03 June 2012
Date first made open access:No date available

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