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Weakness of Will and Practical Irrationality 1st Edition

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`Review from previous edition ...a valuable resource for anyone interested in the nature of rational action.' Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

`... an attractive volume ... [which] represents an important contribution to action theory, philosophy of mind and moral psychology, and should be read by anyone who works in these areas.' Journal of Moral Philosophy

About the Author

Sarah Stroud is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at McGill University in Canada. Christine Tappolet is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Montreal in Canada.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (February 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199235953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199235957
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.8 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Calhoun on April 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book presents a good variety of the different view of the will and states of the will such as akrasia or accidie. However, if the reader has no previous experience with the subjects, they will find this a difficult read and will need to invest the time to read and reread the articles to even begin to understand them, or else they will likely come away with misconceptions.

That being said, I definitely recommend this book to the specialists in this field, but would advise against it for anyone not familiar with these theories from the start.

Also, Sarah Stroud and Christine Tappolet have edited this book so that each occurance of an unnamed person (used in examples) is referred to as "she". This odd trendy use is somewhat distracting, and if Stroud and Tappolet would find the use of "he" in its place equally distracting, a neutered form should have been used (i.e. "the agent", "they", etc.). To refer to a subject as "she" in one part of the essay and refer to another example subject as "the agent" in another section goes against the purpose of the word "agent", which is purposefully gender neutral (as well as species-neutral).
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