Understanding Moral Weakness
This book considers the common human predicament that we often choose an action other than the one we perceive to be best. Philosophers know this problem asakrasia. The author develops a nuanced understanding of the nature and causes ofakrasia by integrating the best insights of Socrates, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas, and several contemporary philosophers.
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