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VI Akrasia Socrates’ Position Now surely no one freely goes for bad things or thing he believes to be bad; it’s not, it seems to me, in human nature to be prepared to go for what you think to be bad in preference to what it good (Protagoras 358c6–d2; see also Meno 77b) (Contrast Plato’s later position, in which the human psyche is understood as partitioned: see, for instance the metaphor of the chariot at Phaedrus 246a6) The argument as presented in the Meno: bad things make one miserable; no one would do that which they believe will make them miserable. Davidson’s Presentation of the Problem P1 If an agent wants to do x more than he wants to do y and he believes himself free to do either x or y, then he will intentionally do x if he does either x or y intentionally. P2 If an agent judges that it would be better to do x than to do y, then he want to do x more than he wants to do y. P3 There are incontinent actions (i.e. cases in which an agent intentionally performs an action x
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course BIOLOGY BSC1086L taught by Professor Leostouder during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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