Self‐Control and Belief

Alfred R. Mele

in Autonomous Agents

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195150438
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869091 | DOI:
 Self‐Control and Belief

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Examines the etiology of motivationally biased beliefs that manifest akrasia, as in some cases of self‐deception, and argues that it is possible to avoid such beliefs by exercising self‐control. Empirical work on belief formation and hypothesis testing is reviewed, and accounts of akratic belief and its opposite are developed. Other topics include belief‐regulating principles and modes of acceptance of such principles.

Keywords: acceptance; akrasia; belief; bias; motivation; self‐control; self‐deception

Chapter.  9404 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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