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Exercising Self‐Control: A Motivational Problem

Alfred R. Mele

in Autonomous Agents

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195150438
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869091 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195150430.003.0003
 Exercising Self‐Control: A Motivational Problem

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Offers a resolution of a puzzle about the possibility of exercising self‐control in support of one's doing what one judges best when one's desire for that course of action is weaker than one's desire to pursue a tempting alternative. The resolution is based partly on observations about the sources of the motivational strengths of desires and about various ways in which desires compete with one another. Some relevant empirical work on delay of gratification is reviewed.

Keywords: desire; gratification; judgment; motivational strength; self‐control; temptation

Chapter.  15909 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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