Title

Soritic thinking, vagueness, and weakness of will

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-1-2009

Abstract

Soritic thinking based on reasoning that is involved in the sorites paradox plays a crucial role in some forms of weakness of will. Such soritic reasoning leads to failures of behavior, but cannot be shown to be irrational by standard means. Thus weakness of will appears to be rational, whereas strength of will is irrational when viewed soritically. The puzzle is how to undermine weakness of will and expose it as irrational. Even though such weakness of will is not moral, moral-type reasoning involving the principle of equality can be brought to bear. Weakness of will can also be seen to be analogous to free-rider problems and the prisoner's dilemma. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication Name

New Ideas in Psychology

Volume Number

27

First Page

18

Last Page

31

Issue Number

1

DOI

10.1016/j.newideapsych.2007.12.001

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