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Planning, Time, and Self-GovernanceEssays in Practical Rationality$
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Michael E. Bratman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190867850

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190867850.001.0001

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Temptation and the Agent’s Standpoint

Temptation and the Agent’s Standpoint

(p.149) Chapter 7 Temptation and the Agent’s Standpoint
Planning, Time, and Self-Governance

Michael E. Bratman

Oxford University Press

This essay aims to understand how it might be rational to follow through with a prior resolution in the face of anticipated temptation that comes in the form of a shift in evaluative assessment. In order to explain this possibility of rational willpower, it appeals to a kind of practical sensitivity to relevant cross-temporal organization, where that can include sensitivity to anticipated future regret. The idea is that this sensitivity is built into the practical standpoint of a planning agent at the time of the temptation. (These ideas are adjusted somewhat in essays 1, 10, and 11.)

Keywords:   Richard Holton, diachronic rationality, willpower, temptation, rational non-reconsideration, anticipated regret, Bas van Fraassen, Reflection principle

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