Thomas Hobbes on Intentionality, Desire, and Happiness : Intencionalidad, deseo y felicidad en Thomas Hobbes

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Abstract

Hobbes offers a surprisingly modern account of happiness, or felicity, as continuous success in life. At the same time, he recognizes its paradoxical aspects, namely, happiness is never devoid of anxiety. His idea of happiness is based on desires, which is to be expected because for Hobbes persons are dynamic agents who aim at their own good directed by deliberation. I pay attention to the problems of intentionality. Deliberation is presented by Hobbes in extensional language, according to the principles of his scientific project, although intensional language is clearly needed when we discuss the success of projects and something like hitting a set target. I review and criticize the views of some authors who write as if Hobbes’s project were plausible, or he could reduce causal finalis to causa efficiencis. In the end, I offer some comments on Hobbes’s alleged egoism.
Translated title of the contributionThomas Hobbes on Intentionality, Desire, and Happiness
Original languageSpanish
Title of host publicationNaturaleza y teoria politica : Natural state and politcal theory
EditorsF. Bertelloni, M. L. Lukac
Number of pages29
Place of PublicationBuenos Aires
PublisherEditoria de la Facultad de Filosofia e Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Publication date2018
Pages114-143
ISBN (Print)978-987-4019-74-5
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Bibliographical note

The original MS translated from English into Spanish by A. di Leo.

Fields of Science

  • 611 Philosophy
  • Hobbes
  • Intentionality
  • Desire
  • Egoism
  • Deliberation
  • Extensionality
  • Intensionality

Cite this

Airaksinen, T. (2018). Dentro del torbellino: Intencionalidad, deseo y felicidad en Thomas Hobbes. In F. Bertelloni, & M. L. Lukac (Eds.), Naturaleza y teoria politica: Natural state and politcal theory (pp. 114-143). Buenos Aires: Editoria de la Facultad de Filosofia e Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires.
Airaksinen, Timo. / Dentro del torbellino : Intencionalidad, deseo y felicidad en Thomas Hobbes. Naturaleza y teoria politica: Natural state and politcal theory. editor / F. Bertelloni ; M. L. Lukac. Buenos Aires : Editoria de la Facultad de Filosofia e Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2018. pp. 114-143
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Dentro del torbellino : Intencionalidad, deseo y felicidad en Thomas Hobbes. / Airaksinen, Timo.

Naturaleza y teoria politica: Natural state and politcal theory. ed. / F. Bertelloni; M. L. Lukac. Buenos Aires : Editoria de la Facultad de Filosofia e Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2018. p. 114-143.

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Airaksinen T. Dentro del torbellino: Intencionalidad, deseo y felicidad en Thomas Hobbes. In Bertelloni F, Lukac ML, editors, Naturaleza y teoria politica: Natural state and politcal theory. Buenos Aires: Editoria de la Facultad de Filosofia e Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires. 2018. p. 114-143