Akrasia, Collective and Individual

Philip Pettit

in Weakness of Will and Practical Irrationality

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780199257362
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601842 | DOI:
 Akrasia, Collective and Individual

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Examines what is necessary for a group to constitute an agent that can display akrasia, and what steps such a group might take to establish self‐control. The topic has some interest in itself, and the discussion suggests some lessons about how we should think of akrasia in the individual as well as in the collective case. Under the image that the lessons support, akrasia is a sort of constitutional disorder: a failure to achieve a unity projected in the avowal of agency. This image fits well with the constitutional model of the soul in Plato's Republic.

Keywords: akrasia; collective agency; collective rationality; democracy; discursive dilemma; group agent; integrity; Plato; self‐control; soul

Chapter.  12764 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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