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  • n. Alternative spelling of acrasia.


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  • Yet we do these things anyway as a result of circumstances, ignorance and, perhaps most of all, what the Greeks called akrasia, or weakness of will.

    Losing Control

  • He calls the kind of akrasia caused by an appetite for pleasure “unqualified akrasia” ” or, as we might say, akrasia “full stop”; akrasia caused by anger he considers a qualified form of akrasia and calls it akrasia “with respect to anger”.

    Aristotle's Ethics

  • You should take pictures with your camera-phone and send it to all your Twitter buddies with a snarky caption mocking my pathetic akrasia.

    One-Player Game Theory

  • If I recall correctly, they can fairly easily remove themselves, though not, as it were, on the spot with a phone call, creating just enough of a hurdle to frustrate spontaneous attacks of akrasia.

    Libertarian Paternalism: The Revenge

  • If you think that competing appetitive attitudes could give rise to a strict case of standard akrasia, you should recall how Socrates would have to explain these cases of psychological conflict in order to avoid multiplying his divisions in the soul.

    Plato's Ethics and Politics in The Republic

  • Second, how do they understand the relation between intention and evaluative thought, which bears on the possibility of akrasia, and the relation between intention and belief, which bears on the nature and scope of self-knowledge?


  • Moreover, the occurrence of akrasia would seem to require their existence.

    Plato's Ethics and Politics in The Republic

  • Weakness of will as the untutored understand it is not akrasia (if we reserve that term for action contrary to one's better judgment), but rather a certain kind of failure to stick to one's plans.

    Weakness of Will

  • For Hare, however, any apparent case of akrasia must in fact be one in which the agent is actually unable to do

    Weakness of Will

  • The defenders of the traditional conception of akrasia as irrational thus wish to grant special rational authority (in this procedural sense) to the agent's better judgment, even if they admit that such a judgment can be substantively incorrect.

    Weakness of Will


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  • For akrasia in Aristotelian ethics see

    October 21, 2007

  • Akrasia, occasionally transliterated as acrasia (from Greek, "lacking command (over oneself)") is the state of acting against one's better judgement.

    December 31, 2006