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6 When I examine premises of this sort, I fin d myself without any particular convictions about their truthor falsity, owing simply to their complexity. If someone presents an argument for R-compatibilism that has a premise as complex as any of these semantical premises that figure in the free-will debate, then naturally I shall find this complex premise less plausible than (B) and will continue to accept (B) and its consequences, among which is R-incompatibilism. No one, of course, is obliged to correct my mistaken beliefs.
Although, as we have seen, satisfaction-autonomy poses no problems for our thesis, it is worth noting that Frankfurt's characterization in terms of desire or preference requires argument. Bergmann points out that, for many years, he could not accept his status as a professor of philosophy. 17 He went through the motions, but never felt he was expressing his true self. After many years, he came to realize that he had all along been doing that which he most deeply wanted to do and that his failure to commit himself fully to his profession was based on unimportant and immature considerations having to do with image, the pressures of unrealized romantic dreams, and the like.
Of course, need or deprivation may move a person to act; such a physical state may be the source of intending to do something. But not necessarily so. A person can be hungry, even very hungry, and not make any attempt to eat; or a person can be satiated and nevertheless undertake eating activity ... The drive thearetic account, in most general terms, leaves out the mentallife of the subject in action ... Philosophical action theory has directed attention to the mental event antecedent to the behavior; but Hull's and Spence's views provide no account of this mental event; indeed, it is eliminated from an account of action.
Action and Responsibility by Michael Bradie