Altruistic Motivation Beyond Altruistic Desires

Jorge Piaia Mendonca Junior

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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In this thesis, I discuss the standard account of altruistic motivation, which is defined as an ultimate desire to increase the welfare of others. I argue that this standard account is intrinsically flawed and should be abandoned. The main problem of this account is its reliance on the notion of ultimate desire, which is a limited and unfruitful way of defining altruistic motivation. The criticism I propose is based on an interdisciplinary analysis of many aspects of the standard account, discussing its philosophical basis, its use in scientific research, its historical development, and its relation to common sense and morality.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Wilson, Rob, Supervisor
  • Heesen, Remco, Supervisor
Award date8 May 2023
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023


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