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Backsliding: Understanding Weakness of Will

Alfred R. Mele


People backslide. They freely do things they believe it would be best on the whole not to do – and best from their own point of view, not just the perspective of their peers or their parents. The aim of this book is to explain why that happens. The first main item of business is to clarify the nature of backsliding – of actions that display some weakness of will. To this end, Mele uses traditional philosophical techniques dating back to Plato and Aristotle (whose work on weakness of will or “akrasia” he discusses) and some new studies in the emerging field of experimental philosophy. He then a ... More

Keywords: Akrasia, backsliding, compulsion, free will, intention, judgment, motivation, reasoning, self-control, weakness of will

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199896134
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199896134.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alfred R. Mele, author
Florida State University

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