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Akrasia, picoeconomics, and a rational reconstruction of judgment formation in dynamic choice
Linkoping Univ, Dept Philosophy, S-58183 Linkoping, Sweden.
2001 (English)In: Philosophical Studies, ISSN 0031-8116, Vol. 104, no 3, 227-251 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper contrasts a picoeconomic approach to the explanation of akrasia with Davidson's divided-mind approach and defends the former in a wider context. The distinctive merits of a picoeconomic model of mind lie in the following aspects: First, it relies on a scientifically well-grounded discovery about motivational dynamics of animals for its explanation of preference change, which elucidates or materializes some philosophers' speculations both about the possible mismatch between valuation and motivation and about the relevance of temporal factors to akrasia. Second, it grounds the necessity of endogenous higher-order constraints, expressible in forms of judgment, in an intrapersonal dynamic process of interactive first-order temporary preferences. Thus the motivational basis for the normative construction of the rationality of 'best judgment'c an also be illuminated with this model.

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2001. Vol. 104, no 3, 227-251 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-49201OAI: diva2:270097
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