International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy

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Akrasia and practical rationality

a phenomenological approach

Takashi Yoshikawa

pp. 1-15


Akrasia, or weakness of will, has been a significant philosophical problem since the time of Ancient Greek philosophy. Unfortunately, this topic has not been treated systematically in the phenomenological tradition. This paper seeks to redress this situation through a critical assessment of contemporary approaches to the problem of akrasia in light of a proposed phenomenological analysis. As this paper argues, a phenomenological approach over-comes an intellectualism often found in discussions of akrasia while identifying its distinctive kind of rationality. This paper further argues that there are no perfectly self-regulating agents and that weak-willed agents are able to vindicate their moral sanity.

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de Warren Nicolas, Taguchi Shigeru (2019). New phenomenological studies in Japan, Springer, Dordrecht.

Pages: 1-15

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-11893-8_1

Full citation:

Yoshikawa Takashi (2019). Akrasia and practical rationality: a phenomenological approach, in N. De Warren & S. Taguchi (eds.), New phenomenological studies in Japan, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 1-15.