Date of Award

Spring 1997

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Teske, Roland

Second Advisor

Goldin, Owen

Third Advisor

Twetten, David


Weakness of the will seems to be a phenomenon that many of us have experienced. It is often defined by philosophers, e.g., Aristotle and others, as "the moral state of agents who act against their better judgment." We judge, according to our knowledge, that we should do a certain act, but due to some reason we choose to act against our judgment. Many believe that akratic choices are obviously possible, although some philosophers, from antiquity to the modern times, have denied that akratic choices actually occur...



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