Journals Higher Education


Understanding Weakness of Will

Alfred R. Mele

  • Of the philosophical treatments of weakness of will, Backsliding makes the greatest use of work in the human sciences.
  • The author uses experimental philosophy in an engaging, and possibly even controversial, way.
  • Sheds light both on backsliding and on exercises of self-control that prevent it.
  • Clarifies the baffling nature of backsliding using social and developmental psychology along with psychiatry.