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Autonomous Agents: From Self-Control to Autonomy

Alfred R. Mele


Explores the related topics of self‐control and personal autonomy. Self‐control is understood as the contrary of akrasia or weakness of will, and autonomy is placed in the family of metaphysical freedom concepts: most notably, free will, free choice, and free action. The book's first half develops an analysis of the nature of self‐control and explains the potential influence of self‐control on actions, beliefs, reasoning, emotions, and values. It also develops an account of an ideally self‐controlled person and argues that even such a person will fall short of autonomy. The second half of the ... More

Keywords: action, agency, akrasia, autonomy, compatibilism, control, free will, incompatibilism, libertarianism, luck, moral responsibility, philosophy of mind, self‐control

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195150438
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195150430.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alfred R. Mele, author
Davidson College
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