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Weakness of Will and Practical Irrationality$
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Sarah Stroud and Christine Tappolet

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199257361.001.0001

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Akrasia, Collective and Individual

Akrasia, Collective and Individual

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(p.68) 3 Akrasia, Collective and Individual
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Weakness of Will and Practical Irrationality
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Philip Pettit (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/0199257361.003.0004

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

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