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Although much human action serves as proof that irrational behavior is remarkably common, certain forms of irrationality--most notably, incontinent action and self-deception--pose such difficult theoretical problems that philosophers have rejected them as logically or psychologically impossible. Here, Mele shows that, and how, incontinent action and self-deception are indeed possible. Drawing upon recent experimental work in the psychology of action and inference, he advances naturalized explanations of akratic action and self-deception while resolving the paradoxes around which the philosophical literature revolves. In addition, he defends an account of self-control, argues that strict akratic action is an insurmountable obstacle for traditional belief-desire models of action-explanation, and explains how a considerably modified model accommodates action of this sort.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780195080018
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publisher Imprint: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Depth: 13
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 11 mm
  • Width: 140 mm
  • ISBN-10: 0195080017
  • Publisher Date: 24 Sep 1992
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Height: 216 mm
  • No of Pages: 200
  • Series Title: English
  • Weight: 254 gr


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