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Willing, Wanting, Waiting

Richard Holton


This book provides a unified account of the will, pulling together a diverse range of phenomena that have typically been treated separately: intention, resolution, choice, weakness and strength of will, temptation, addiction, and freedom of the will. Drawing on recent psychological research, it is argued that rather than being the pinnacle of rationality, these components work to compensate for our inability to make and maintain sound judgments. Choice is the capacity to form intentions even in the absence of judgment of which action is best. Weakness of will is the failure to maintain resolut ... More

Keywords: intention, resolution, choice, will, weakness of will, strength of will, temptation, addiction, free will

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199214570
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214570.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Holton, author
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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