Breakdown of Will
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- Author: George Ainslie, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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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.Read more
- 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 CarolinaSee more reviews
"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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- Date Published: January 2005
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9780511039126
- contains: 17 b/w illus.
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Table of Contents
Part I. Breakdowns of Will: The Puzzle of Akrasia:
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
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