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What is the link between regret and weakness of will?

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This paper argues (a) that most contemporary accounts of weakness of will either implicitly or explicitly assume that regret is a typical or even necessary element of standard cases of weakness of will and (b) that this assumption is mistaken. I draw on empirical and philosophical work on self-assessment to show that regret need not accompany typical weak-willed behavior, and that we should therefore revise the dominant account of the difference between weakness of will and (mere) changes of mind.
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Keywords: Akrasia; Regret; Self-Assessment; Self-Control; Self-Knowledge; Weakness of Will

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

Publication date: 02 April 2016

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