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Akrasia, collective and individual

Pettit, Philip


Perhaps the most famous analogy in the history of philosophical argument is that which Plato draws in the Republic between the constitution of the city and the constitution of the soul. The analogy is justly famous, for it sheds light on many aspects of mentality and personhood. In particular, as I shall try to show here, the analogy — or at least something close to the analogy — sheds light on the nature of akrasia or lack of self-control. How to characterise akrasia? Without going into an...[Show more]

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Date published: 2001
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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