What are we to make of weakness of the will?

The technical term is akrasia. Is there such a thing? If so, what is it, and how does it affect our lives?

Socrates (left) and Aristotle (right), respectively from za.pinterest.com and drawingskill.com

Back when I was a graduate student in philosophy, at the University of Tennessee, a fellow student brought up — in between shots of vodkas we were having…

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by Massimo Pigliucci. Practical philosophy, science, pseudoscience & good reasoning. Complete index of articles at https://massimopigliucci.blog/essays/

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by Massimo Pigliucci. Practical philosophy, science, pseudoscience & good reasoning. Complete index of articles at https://massimopigliucci.blog/essays/

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