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Against Our Better Judgment

Burch, Matthew (2019) 'Against Our Better Judgment.' In: Burch, Matthew and Marsh, Jack and McMullin, Irene, (eds.) Normativity, Meaning, and the Promise of Phenomenology. Routledge Research in Phenomenology . Routledge. ISBN 9781138479913

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Against traditional approaches to akrasia, in this chapter I argue that akratic actions result not from a contest between judgment and desire but rather from a conflict between an agent’s competing interests. To make this argument, I first offer a novel phenomenological account of human interests and their relation to spontaneous non-deliberative action. I then use that account to describe two distinct types of plan-discordant action, i.e., intention-shift and akrasia. This approach points to a new way out of an old impasse in the literature on akrasia and opens a hitherto neglected area of phenomenological research.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2020 21:02
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2020 21:15

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