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Breakdown of Will

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  • Author: George Ainslie, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Coatesville, Pennsylvania
  • Date Published: January 2005
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  • format: Adobe eBook Reader
  • isbn: 9780511039126

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  • Ainslie argues that our responses to the threat of our own inconsistency determine the basic fabric of human culture. He suggests that individuals are more like populations of bargaining agents than like the hierarchical command structures envisaged by cognitive psychologists. This perspective helps us understand so much that is puzzling in human action and interaction: from self-defeating behaviors to willfulness, from pathological over-control and self-deception to subtler forms of behavior such as altruism, sadism, gambling, and the "social construction" of belief.

    • Ainslie's work, especially his earlier work for Cambridge, received a lot of attention from psychologists and philosophers
    • This book is more accessible and offers treatment on a wider range of topics
    • Like Elster - much interdisciplinary appeal: philosophy, psychology, economics, health sciences, political science
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    "Breakdown of Will advances a novel position on motivation, the will, and the will's failures and successes." Alfred Mele, Department of Philosophy, Davidson College, North Carolina

    "Breakdown of Will should interest many philosophers of pyschology...there are interesting and important ideas within the text, and it should spur fruitful philosophical discussion." Philosophy in Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511039126
    • contains: 17 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Breakdowns of Will: The Puzzle of Akrasia:
    1. Introduction
    2. The dichotomy at the root of decision science: do we make choices by destres or by judgments?
    3. The warp in how we evaluate the future
    4. The warp can create involuntary behaviors: pains, hungers, emotions
    Part II. A Breakdown of the Will: The Components of Intertemporal Bargaining:
    5. The elementary interaction of interests
    6. Sophisticated bargaining among internal interests
    7. The subjective experience of intertemporal bargaining
    8. Getting evidence about a nonlinear motivational system
    Part III. The Ultimate Breakdown of Will: Nothing Fails Like Success:
    9. The downside of willpower
    10. An efficient will undermines appetite
    11. The need to maintain appetite eclipses the will
    12. Conclusions

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    George Ainslie, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Coatesville, Pennsylvania

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