Irrationality

Irrationality

An Essay on Akrasia, Self-deception, and Self-control

eBook - 1987
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Although much human action serves as proof that irrational behavior is remarkably common, certain forms of irrationality--most notably, incontinent action and self-deception--pose such difficult theoretical problems that philosophers have rejected them as logically or psychologically impossible. Here, Mele shows that, and how, incontinent action and self-deception are indeed possible. Drawing upon recent experimental work in the psychology of action and inference, he advances naturalized explanations of akratic action and self-deception while resolving the paradoxes around which the philosophical literature revolves. In addition, he defends an account of self-control, argues that "strict" akratic action is an insurmountable obstacle for traditional belief-desire models of action-explanation, and explains how a considerably modified model accommodates action of this sort.
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1987.
ISBN: 0195043219
0195080017
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 183 p.)
Additional Contributors: ebrary, Inc
Alternative Title: Akrasia.
Call Number: ELECTRONIC BOOK

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