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Deciding to trust, coming to believe
If you have ever taken a drama course, you have probably played this game. You are blindfolded. You stand in the middle of a circle formed by the others. They turn you round till you lose you
Willing, Wanting, Waiting
Introduction 1. Intention 2. Belief 3. Choice 4. Weakness of Will 5. Temptation 6. Strength of Will 7. Rationality 8. Freedom Bibliography
Intention and Weakness of Will
L'A. definit la faiblesse de la volonte non pas en termes de choix malheureux entre une bonne et une mauvaise action, mais en termes d'incapacite a suivre l'intention qu'on s'est prealablement fixee,
What in the world is weakness of will?
At least since the middle of the twentieth century, philosophers have tended to identify weakness of will with akrasia—i.e. acting, or having a disposition to act, contrary to one’s judgments about
Partial Belief, Partial Intention
Is a belief that one will succeed necessary for an intention? It is argued that the question has traditionally been badly posed, framed as it is in terms of all-out belief. We need instead to ask
How is Strength of Will Possible
Weakness of will is traditionally identified with akrasia: weak-willed agents, on this view, are those who intentionally do other than that which they judge to be best. This gives rise to the puzzle
The Act of Choice
© 2006 Richard Holton D oubtless the most quoted sentence in the English free-will literature comes from Samuel Johnson: “Sir we know our will is free, and there’s an end on’t.” Later in Boswell’s
Disentangling the Will