All essential motive reductions function as reconstructions of the thoughts of another (B) in one’s own mind (A). More simply: A reduces B to his alleged motives when A attempts to know what thoughts had by B conditioned B’s action. These become conceptual, or complete, when expressible such that men can be in a state of common-hearing and thereafter do in a state of common-intending based on the expression. Thus, the essential motive reduction is pragmatic, the conceptual motive reduction rhetorico-coordinative. The primordial motive reduction is also pragmatic, albeit un-self-consciously so – it is whatever comes to the individual mind (A) of another mind (B) without his knowing that it does.
Some preliminary motive reductions:
- If it seems to you too good to be true, then it is.
- People minimize perceived losses and maximize perceived gains.
- People do whatever they can get away with.
- People want whatever they can get.
- The less of an object there is, the more people have consumed it.
- Actions follow from intentions.
- If they cared, they’d do something about it.
- Imitations follow from observations.
- If I do something and someone else repeats it, they likely saw me do it.