Willing, Wanting, Waiting

Paperback | June 26, 2011

byRichard Holton

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Richard Holton provides a unified account of intention, choice, weakness of will, strength of will, temptation, addiction, and freedom of the will. Drawing on recent psychological research, he argues that, rather than being the pinnacle of rationality, the central components of the will arethere to compensate for our inability to make or maintain sound judgments. Choice is understood as the capacity to form intentions even in the absence of judgments of what action is best. Weakness of will is understood as the failure to maintain an intention, or more specifically, a resolution, in the face of temptation - where temptation typically involves a shift injudgment as to what is best, or in the case of addiction, a disconnection between what is judged best and what is desired. Strength of will is the corresponding ability to maintain a resolution, an ability that requires the employment of a particular faculty or skill. Finally, the experience offreedom of the will is traced to the experiences of forming intentions, and of maintaining resolutions, both of which require effortful activity from the agent.

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Richard Holton provides a unified account of intention, choice, weakness of will, strength of will, temptation, addiction, and freedom of the will. Drawing on recent psychological research, he argues that, rather than being the pinnacle of rationality, the central components of the will arethere to compensate for our inability to make ...

Richard Holton is a Professor of Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has previously taught at Monash University, the Australian National University, the University of Sheffield, and the University of Edinburgh.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.64 inPublished:June 26, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Intention2. Belief3. Choice4. Weakness of Will5. Temptation6. Strength of Will7. Rationality8. FreedomBibliography

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Review from previous edition: The writing is clear and engaging. Its observations and analyses strike me as mostly acute and sensible. It makes good use of imaginary examples and empirical work from psychology. Overall it is an illuminating work from which anyone interested in its topic canreap considerable profit without undue struggle. Carl Ginet, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews