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The Concept of Motivation

1st Edition

By R. S. Peters


166 pages

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pub: 2015-02-09
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First published in 1958 with a second edition in 1969, The Concept of Motivation looks philosophically and psychologically at the idea of motivation in order to explain human behaviour. Chapters cover types of explanation in psychological theories, motives and motivations, a look at Freud’s theory, drive theories, and regression to hedonism. Despite its original publication date, the book explores topics which are still of great interest to us today.

‘This is indeed an outstanding book; perhaps the best study in philosophical psychology to appear since Ryle and a work which […] will remain a classic for many years’ Philosophy

Table of Contents

1. Types of Explanation in Psychological Theories 2. Motives and Motivations 3. Freud’s Theory 4. Drive Theories 5. The Regression to Hedonism; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index

About the Series

Routledge Revivals: R. S. Peters on Education and Ethics

R. S. Peters on Education and Ethics reissues seven titles from Peters' life's work. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the books are concerned with the philosophy of education and ethics. Topics include moral education and learning, authority and responsibility, psychology and ethical development and ideas on motivation amongst others. The books discuss more traditional theories and philosophical thinkers as well as exploring later ideas in a way which makes the subjects they discuss still relevant today.

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