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Akrasia and self-control

Wall, D. (2009) Akrasia and self-control. Philosophical Explorations. 12(1), pp. 69-78. 1386-9795.

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Abstract: According to Gary Watson (1977) if we choose not to implement a judgment about what it is best to do then we must have changed that judgment. On those grounds he rejects an otherwise plausible account of akrasia, or weakness of will, that explains it in terms of the relative strengths of the agent s desires to act against and in accordance with their evaluative judgment. However, Watson seems to assume what I call a ‘principle of closure of evaluation’, a principle that I argue can fail. The possibility of such failure of closure of evaluation means that Watson’s argument can be resisted, allowing us to maintain this plausible account of akrasia.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Akrasia, Davidson, D., desires, evaluation, Mele, A., practical rationality, weakness of will, self-control
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics > BJ1468.5 Akrasia. Will
Creators: Wall, David
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > School of Social Sciences (to 2016)
Faculties > Faculty of Health & Society > Applied Social Studies & Sociology
Date: March 2009
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 69-78
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophical Explorations
Volume: 12
Number: 1
Language: English
ISSN: 1386-9795
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes
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