Huckleberry Finn and Moral Motivation
Philosophy and Literature, Volume 34, Number 1, pp. 1-16.
By Alan Goldman
Huckleberry Finn is not irrational in being unmotivated to follow his
explicit judgments of rightness and wrongness. Philosophers have
previously judged Huck to be irrational, subject to weakness of will,
in being unable to act on his moral judgment. But their interpretation
rests on incorrect analyses of weak will and of the emotions on which
Huck does act. I also argue that such emotion based motivation is not
of the kind that could be rationally required. The character of
Huckleberry Finn therefore implies that rational agents need not be
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