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Autonomous Agents : From Self Control to Autonomy - Alfred R. Mele

Autonomous Agents

From Self Control to Autonomy

Hardcover Published: 3rd September 1995
ISBN: 9780195094541
Number Of Pages: 288

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This book addresses two related topics: self-control and individual autonomy. In approaching these issues, Mele develops a conception of an ideally self-controlled person, and argues that even such a person can fall short of personal autonomy. He then examines what needs to be added to such a person to yield an autonomous agent and develops two overlapping answers: one for compatibilist believers in human autonomy and one for incompatibilists. While remaining neutral between those who hold that autonomy is compatible with determinism and those who deny this, Mele shows that belief that there are autonomous agents is better grounded than belief that there are not.

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"Mele's presentation is philosophically rigorous yet accessible to the non-philosopher. The author demonstrates an impressive grasp of historical and contemporary aspects of the freewill debate and builds upon his earlier work."--Choice "Mele is a clear and careful writer. His book challenges the reader to reflect seriously on the meaning of self-control and autonomy....Mele has hit his mark in this well-argued, engaging, and thought-provoking book."--The Review of Metaphysics "...this is a great book. It is rich in arguments, replete with useful examples, and informed by the literature in philosophy and psychology. It is not always easy going, but one's efforts are rewarded. I highly recommend it."--Ethics "Mele's presentation is philosophically rigorous yet accessible to the non-philosopher. The author demonstrates an impressive grasp of historical and contemporary aspects of the freewill debate and builds upon his earlier work."--Choice "Mele is a clear and careful writer. His book challenges the reader to reflect seriously on the meaning of self-control and autonomy....Mele has hit his mark in this well-argued, engaging, and thought-provoking book."--The Review of Metaphysics "...this is a great book. It is rich in arguments, replete with useful examples, and informed by the literature in philosophy and psychology. It is not always easy going, but one's efforts are rewarded. I highly recommend it."--Ethics

PART I 1: Introduction: Self-Control and Personal Autonomy 2: Better Judgement: Nature and Function 3: Exercising Self-Control: A Motivational Problem 4: Self-Control, Akrasia, and Second-Order Desires 5: Self-Control and Belief 6: Self-Control, Akrasia, and Emotion 7: The Upper Reaches of Self-Control and the Ideally Self-Controlled Person PART II 8: Transition: From Self-Control to Autonomy 9: Psychological Autonomy and Personal History 10: Compatibilist Autonomy and Autonomous Action 11: Problems for Libertarians 12: Incompatibilist Autonomy and Autonomous Action 13: Assessing the Denial of Autonomy References Index

ISBN: 9780195094541
ISBN-10: 0195094549
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 3rd September 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 16.2  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.6

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