Desire in Philosophy

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The desire in philosophy

Is the desire the essence of man? In the seventeenth century, Spinoza strongly emphasizes  the idea. The nineteenth century with Hegel deepens the constructive and dynamic dimension of desire. Sartre, in our time, will link the existential anxiety of conscience, and lack as constitutive of our being.

From Latin “desiderium”, desire means in philosophy, movement, beyond the need, leads us to a reality that we think of as a possible source of satisfaction. Desire is defined as a trend became conscious.

Definition of Philosophers:

Simone de Beauvoir

“It is desire that creates the desirable and the project which raises the end. ”


“In the desire, self-consciousness behaves with respect to itself as a singular reality. It refers to an object that is devoid of self, which in itself is something other than self-consciousness. Given the subject, this consciousness succeeds in its s’atteindre equal to itself by removing the object. ”


“The desire is […] appetite, courage and will […]. Desire is appetite for pleasure. ”


– “Desire is the sort of entrepreneurial spirit that rises from the body at will, and that the will would be effective if it was weak initially spurred by the tip of Desire ”


– “Happiness is not to acquire and enjoy, but nothing to be desired, as it is to be free” (Enchiridion)


– “The sexual urge is the most violent of our desires: the desire of all our desires” (World as Will and Representation)


Cite this article as: Tim, "Desire in Philosophy, May 26, 2012, " in Philosophy & Philosophers, May 26, 2012,

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