Book Chapter

Emotion, weakness of will, and the normative conception of agency

K Jones

Philosophy and the Emotions: Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement: 52 | Published : 2003


Empirical work on and common observation of the emotions tells us that our emotions sometimes key us to the presence of real and important reason-giving considerations without necessarily presenting that information to us in a way susceptible of conscious articulation and, sometimes, even despite our consciously held and internally justified judgment that the situation contains no such reasons. In this paper, I want to explore the implications of the fact that emotions show varying degrees of integration with our conscious agency-from none at all to quite substantial-for our understanding of our rationality, and in particular for the traditional assumption that weakness of the will is necess..

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