Unformatted text preview: (B) X wants a more than b iff X would be more pleased to learn that a was going to happen (rather than b), than that b was going to happen (rather than a). Problems with (B) Imagine an old rationalist whose daughter wants to be a nun. He loves his daughter, and wants her to be what she wants to be. But he cannot bear the idea of her being a nun. Despairing of reconciling his basic wants, he just wants that she be a nun but he not know that she is. Bernard Williams, ‘Egoism and Altruism’ Henry wants his wife to organize a birthday party for him but only if it’s a surprise, i.e. only if he doesn’t know that she’s going to. If he were to know that she was going to do it, he’d rather that she didn’t do it at all....
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