irrational motive

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Noun1.irrational motive - a motivation that is inconsistent with reason or logic
motivation, motive, need - the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior; "we did not understand his motivation"; "he acted with the best of motives"
irrational impulse - a strong spontaneous and irrational motivation; "his first impulse was to denounce them"; "the urge to find out got him into trouble"
cacoethes, mania, passion - an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
obsession, compulsion - an irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will; "her compulsion to wash her hands repeatedly"
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This involves "encoding and formulating" residuas as "reasoned and rational." Thus residuas are transformed into intellectual constructs called "derivations," which are rational justifications for deeply irrational motives. Official elite claims, such that they struggle "to safeguard democracy," "to protect the Islamic way of life" or "to preserve socialism," amount to nothing more than justification of the personal or group drive to hold or acquire power.
This analysis emphasizes materialist reasons for working-class and leisure-class hunting and fishing, whereas Matt Cartmill's View to a Death in the Morning (Harvard, 1999) stresses symbolic, irrational motives. Materialist and symbolic factors also varied with race, ethnicity, and class, as demonstrated in Karl Jacoby's discussion of poaching in Crimes Against Nature, (Berkeley, 2001), Mark David Spence's Dispossessing the Wilderness (Oxford, 1999), and other studies of game management on public lands and Indian Reserves.
"Seen in this light, suicide bombing is explicable in terms of rationally motivated actions, and not in terms of theological and/or irrational motives," he said.