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Colloquium: Tamar Schapiro

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 3:00pm

Cohen 402

Most philosophers agree that when we act in a weak-willed way, e.g., indulging an appetite against our better judgment, we are not simply being overpowered by an external force. Weak-willed action, though weak, is still in some sense willed. And yet it is also weak. I argue that philosophers have underestimated the difficulty of explaining the sense in which it is weak, and I offer my own account, which draws on the details of my theory of inclination.

Paper Title

What Makes Weak-Willed Action Weak?