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BackslidingUnderstanding Weakness of Will$
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Alfred R. Mele

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199896134

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199896134.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.115) Six Conclusion
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Backsliding
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Alfred R. Mele

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199896134.003.0006

This concluding chapter explains why readers who are not skeptics about free will are in a position to conclude that core weak-willed actions are not only psychologically possible but actual as well. If the author is right, we should believe that core weak-willed actions occur, and our theories about the springs of action, the power of better judgments, human agency, human rationality, and practical reasoning should accommodate their occurrence. As we improve our understanding of why core weak-willed actions occur, we will be better equipped to deal with practical problems that such actions pose.

Keywords:   better judgment, core weak-willed action, free will, practical reasoning, rationality

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