Understanding Moral Weakness

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Rodopi, 2006 - Philosophy - 166 pages
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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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Contents

The Problem of Moral Weakness
1
Socrates
9
Aristotle
31
Augustine
51
Aquinas
67
Weak Akrasia
83
Strict Akrasia
103
Habit and Moral Weakness
115
Future Prospects
125
Notes
131
Bibliography
145
About the Author
151
Index
153
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