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What is Motivation?

E. Tory Higgins

in Beyond Pleasure and Pain: How Motivation Works

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199765829
eISBN:
9780199918966
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765829.003.0011
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

This chapter presents different positions on what it means to be motivated and what it is that people want, along with the author's own preferred answers to these questions. It proposes that what it ... More


On Basic Human Goods, Interests, and Motivations

Christian Smith

in To Flourish or Destruct: A Personalist Theory of Human Goods, Motivations, Failure, and Evil

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780226231952
eISBN:
9780226232003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226232003.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory

This chapter attempts to answer the following questions: Among the innumerable real motivations that cause humans to engage in actions, are there any that can rightly be said to be basic? Are some ... More


Motivation Beyond Pleasure and Pain

E. Tory Higgins

in Beyond Pleasure and Pain: How Motivation Works

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199765829
eISBN:
9780199918966
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765829.003.0010
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

This chapter begins with describing the Genesis story of Adam and Eve which illustrates the two major themes of this book. First, to understand human motivation it is necessary to go beyond pleasure ... More


Value: Having Desired Results

E. Tory Higgins

in Beyond Pleasure and Pain: How Motivation Works

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199765829
eISBN:
9780199918966
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765829.003.0014
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

Neither the dictionary nor the current psychological literature provides an answer to the question of where value comes from despite the importance of this question to understanding motivation. ... More


How We Hope: A Moral Psychology

Adrienne M. Martin

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691151526
eISBN:
9781400848706
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691151526.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

What exactly is hope and how does it influence our decisions? This book presents a novel account of hope, the motivational resources it presupposes, and its function in our practical lives. The book ... More


Religion and Anticlericalism

Theodore Zeldin

in France 1848–1945: Volume Two: Intellect, Taste and Anxiety

Published in print:
1977
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198221258
eISBN:
9780191678424
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198221258.003.0020
Subject:
History, European Modern History

The anxieties from which people suffered during the period cannot be attributed to the decline of religious belief. First because it is by no means certain that religious belief did decline; secondly ... More


To Flourish or Destruct: A Personalist Theory of Human Goods, Motivations, Failure, and Evil

Christian Smith

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780226231952
eISBN:
9780226232003
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226232003.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory

This book advances a personalist account of human beings to help us better understand and explain human persons, motivations, interests, and the social life to which they give rise. It offers an ... More


Mediating Terminology and Textual Complexity

Jack Russell Weinstein

in Adam Smith's Pluralism: Rationality, Education, and the Moral Sentiments

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780300162530
eISBN:
9780300163759
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300162530.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter focuses on the literary complexity in this book's project and Smith's. The first section looks at the difficulties of using the contemporary language of pluralism to analyze an ... More


Summary and Major Contributions

Ofra Mayseless

in The Caring Motivation: An Integrated Theory

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199913619
eISBN:
9780190299002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199913619.003.0027
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

This chapter provides a summary and a delineation of the major contributions of this book, which deals with caring as a fundamental and encompassing human motivation. Specifically, a succinct ... More


Monkey Shines

Tony Williams

in The Cinema of George A. Romero: Knight of the Living Dead

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231173551
eISBN:
9780231850759
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231173551.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter looks at Monkey Shines (1988). Based on a novel with the same title by Michael Stewart, Monkey Shines appears to represent a radical change for Romero both stylistically and ... More


Choose the Right

Melvyn Hammarberg

in The Mormon Quest for Glory: The Religious World of the Latter-Day Saints

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199737628
eISBN:
9780199332472
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737628.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The younger Primary classes encompass children in the age-groups from four through seven years and have as their central theme the making of “right choices.” This Primary class level is symbolized by ... More


Introduction

Susan J. Matt and Peter N. Stearns

in Doing Emotions History

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038051
eISBN:
9780252095320
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038051.003.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This introductory chapter is an overview of emotions history—its origins, how the field has gained prominence, its core issues, and the debates and discoveries surrounding the field. By studying ... More


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