Erkenntnis

, Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 285–308

Akrasia, Dispositions And Degrees

  • Jeanne Peijnenburg
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Abstract

It is argued that the recent revival of theakrasia problem in the philosophy of mind is adirect, albeit unforeseen result of the debate onaction explanation in the philosophy of science. Asolution of the problem is put forward that takesaccount of the intimate links between the problem ofakrasia and this debate. This solution is basedon the idea that beliefs and desires have degrees ofstrength, and it suggests a way of giving a precisemeaning to that idea. Finally, it is pointed out thatthe solution captures certain intuitions of bothSocrates and Aristotle.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeanne Peijnenburg
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  1. 1.Faculty of PhilosophyUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands.

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