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How is Strength of Will Possible?

Richard Holton

in Weakness of Will and Practical Irrationality

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780199257362
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601842 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199257361.003.0003
 How is Strength of Will Possible?

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Most recent accounts of will power have tried to explain it as reducible to the operation of beliefs and desires. In opposition to such accounts, this essay argues for a distinct faculty of will power. Considerations from philosophy and from social psychology are used in support.

Keywords: akrasia; intentions; motivation; Humean theory of resolution; strength of will; temptation; weakness of will; will; will power

Chapter.  13237 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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