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Irrationality [electronic resource] : an essay on akrasia, self-deception and self-control /
Alfred R. Mele.
imprint
New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1987.
description
x,183p. ; 22cm.
ISBN
0195080017 (Paper)
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imprint
New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1987.
isbn
0195080017 (Paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Title from e-book title screen (viewed October 16, 2007).
catalogue key
7372121
 
Bibliography: p170-180.
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"A clear and careful analysis....Rigorously argumentative and will be appreciated not only by philosophers specially concerned with the problems of akratic action, but also by those with a general interest in intentionality and the philosophy of action."--Review of Metaphysics
"A clear and careful analysis....Rigorously argumentative and will beappreciated not only by philosophers specially concerned with the problems ofakratic action, but also by those with a general interest in intentionality andthe philosophy of action."--Review of Metaphysics
"A clear and careful analysis....Rigorously argumentative and will be appreciated not only by philosophers specially concerned with the problems of akratic action, but also by those with a general interest in intentionality and the philosophy of action."-- Review of Metaphysics "A fascinating seminal contribution....This is a strikingly useful work....Highly recommended for all philosophy and psychology collections."-- Choice "A useful book, clearly written and argued and felicitous in example....It is a first-rate survey of the various contemporary positions on the problems at hand and the weakness of each."-- Ethics "Mele provides us with a host of helpful examples, including ones from the psychological literature, on which to test theories and hone intuitions, provides clear and insightful discussions of the various theories advanced in the philosophical literature, and has interesting positive accounts of his own to offer....I recommend the book to any serious work on self-deception, and most particularly to teachers of advanced courses on the topic."-- Philosophy and Phenomenological Research "Clearly presented and readable."-- The Philosophical Review
"A clear and careful analysis....Rigorously argumentative and will be appreciated not only by philosophers specially concerned with the problems of akratic action, but also by those with a general interest in intentionality and the philosophy of action."--Review of Metaphysics "A fascinating seminal contribution....This is a strikingly useful work....Highly recommended for all philosophy and psychology collections."--Choice "A useful book, clearly written and argued and felicitous in example....It is a first-rate survey of the various contemporary positions on the problems at hand and the weakness of each."--Ethics "Mele provides us with a host of helpful examples, including ones from the psychological literature, on which to test theories and hone intuitions, provides clear and insightful discussions of the various theories advanced in the philosophical literature, and has interesting positive accounts of his own to offer....I recommend the book to any serious work on self-deception, and most particularly to teachers of advanced courses on the topic."--Philosophy and Phenomenological Research "Clearly presented and readable."--The Philosophical Review
"A fascinating seminal contribution....This is a strikingly useful work....Highly recommended for all philosophy and psychology collections."--Choice
"A fascinating seminal contribution....This is a strikingly usefulwork....Highly recommended for all philosophy and psychologycollections."--Choice
a first-rate study of the contemporary positions on the problems at hand and the weakness of each
"A useful book, clearly written and argued and felicitous in example....It is a first-rate survey of the various contemporary positions on the problems at hand and the weakness of each."--Ethics
"A useful book, clearly written and argued and felicitous in example....Itis a first-rate survey of the various contemporary positions on the problems athand and the weakness of each."--Ethics
"Clearly presented and readable."--The Philosophical Review
fascinating seminal contribution ... strikingly useful work
"Mele provides us with a host of helpful examples, including ones from the psychological literature, on which to test theories and hone intuitions, provides clear and insightful discussions of the various theories advanced in the philosophical literature, and has interesting positive accountsof his own to offer....I recommend the book to any serious work on self-deception, and most particularly to teachers of advanced courses on the topic."--Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
"The writing is lively and accessible; the argument is crisp and clear....There is a wealth of instructive examples from everyday life. But a striking feature of the book is its bold and elegant appropriation of the relevant recent work in experimental psychology....By juxtaposing andmapping the 'folk' and experimental psychology of irrationality, Mele expands our view of the terrain and deepens our understanding."--Canadian Philosophical Review
"The writing is lively and accessible; the argument is crisp andclear....There is a wealth of instructive examples from everyday life. But astriking feature of the book is its bold and elegant appropriation of therelevant recent work in experimental psychology....By juxtaposing and mappingthe 'folk' and experimental psychology of irrationality, Mele expands our viewof the terrain and deepens our understanding."--Canadian PhilosophicalReview
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Summaries
Long Description
Although much human action serves as proof that irrational behavior is remarkably common, certain forms of irrationality--most notably, incontinent action and self-deception--pose such difficult theoretical problems that philosophers have rejected them as logically or psychologically impossible. Here, Mele shows that, and how, incontinent action and self-deception are indeed possible. Drawing upon recent experimental work in the psychology of action and inference, he advances naturalized explanations of akratic action and self-deception while resolving the paradoxes around which the philosophical literature revolves. In addition, he defends an account of self-control, argues that "strict" akratic action is an insurmountable obstacle for traditional belief-desire models of action-explanation, and explains how a considerably modified model accommodates action of this sort.
Long Description
Although much human action serves as proof that irrational behaviour is remarkably common, certain forms of irrationalityDSmost incontinent action and self-deceptionDSpose such difficult problems that philosophers have rejected them as logically or psychologically impossible. Here, Alfred Mele shows that incontinent action and self-deception are indeed possible.
Main Description
Although much human action serves as proof that irrational behavior is remarkably common, certain forms of irrationality--most notably, incontinent action and self-deception--pose such difficult theoretical problems that philosophers have rejected them as logically or psychologicallyimpossible. Here, Mele shows that, and how, incontinent action and self-deception are indeed possible. Drawing upon recent experimental work in the psychology of action and inference, he advances naturalized explanations of akratic action and self-deception while resolving the paradoxes aroundwhich the philosophical literature revolves. In addition, he defends an account of self-control, argues that "strict" akratic action is an insurmountable obstacle for traditional belief-desire models of action-explanation, and explains how a considerably modified model accommodates action of thissort.
Main Description
Although much human action serves as proof that irrational behavior is remarkably common, certain forms of irrationality--most notably, incontinent action and self-deception--pose such difficult theoretical problems that philosophers have rejected them as logically or psychologically impossible. Here, Mele shows that, and how , incontinent action and self-deception are indeed possible. Drawing upon recent experimental work in the psychology of action and inference, he advances naturalized explanations of akratic action and self-deception while resolving the paradoxes around which the philosophical literature revolves. In addition, he defends an account of self-control, argues that "strict" akratic action is an insurmountable obstacle for traditional belief-desire models of action-explanation, and explains how a considerably modified model accommodates action of this sort.
Main Description
"Mele provides us with a host of helpful examples, including ones from the psychological literature, on which to test theories and hone intuitions, provides clear and insightful discussion of the various theories advanced in the philosophical literature, and has interesting positive accounts of his own to offer."--"Philosophy and Phenomenological Research." (Philosophy)
Unpaid Annotation
"Mele provides us with a host of helpful examples, including ones from the psychological literature, on which to test theories and hone intuitions, provides clear and insightful discussion of the various theories advanced in the philosophical literature, and has interesting positive accounts of his own to offer".--"Philosophy and Phenomenological Research". (Philosophy)

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