Abstract

In ‘THe Human Therory of Motivation’ Micheal Smith attempts two takss: he offers an account of the debate about motivation between Humeans and anti-Humeans and he provides arguments that are designed to show that the Humeans win.1 While the paper is of great virtue in clarifying the debate, I believe that it falls short of both its goals. It does not highlight the really central issue between Humeans and anti-Humeans and it does not provide arguments which would settle that issue in favour of the Humean side.

Smith makes three points in setting up the debate between Humeans and anti-Humeans.

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