Explination Of Butler's Thesis

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Butler separates this desire from the desire for "particular affections" because these are all external desires, the desire for objects around us that fulfill those desires. He says that these desires are not based on reason, but may follow from it. For example a person instinctively wants to eat or drink but may not know why he needs to eat or drink...
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Therefore that desire for food is not a conscious decision, "I should eat now because I need the energy to live," but rather it is an innate desire, "I want food because I am hungry." His distinction separates all the desires into the reasoning section of the mind, that a particular action would be in the best interest of themselves, "self-love", and the animalistic desire for a certain thing...
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