Autonomous Agents

Autonomous Agents : From Self-Control to Autonomy

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The concept of self-control, and its bearing on human behaviour, is examined here, as well as its relationship to personal autonomy and autonomous more

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  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 162.1 x 235.7 x 24.1mm | 639.58g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0195094549
  • 9780195094541

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This book addresses the related topics of self-control and individual autonomy. "Self-control" is defined as the opposite of akrasia - weakness of will. The study of self-control seeks first to understand the concept on its own terms, and its bearing on one's actions, beliefs, emotions, and personal values. It goes on to consider how a proper understanding of self-control and its manifestations can shed light on personal autonomy and autonomous more

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extremely interesting and carefully argued book ... His general approach, which is fresh and original, runs as follows. He articulates a model of the ideally self-controlled person and argues that even such a person can fall short of autonomy, or self-government. ... Mele has a finely tuned sense of the 'pull', or intuitive appeal, of both compatabilism and incompatibilism. * Philosophical Psychology, vol.10, no.1, 1997 * Mele is a clear, 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. * John Ranieri, The Review of Metaphysics * Autonomous Agents is an intricate, careful, and closely argued study, one that is well informed by relevant work from psychology as well as philosophy * MIND, Vol.110, No.439 * The book is a major contribution to the philosophical literature on action, self-control, freedom, and autonomy, and it should be read by anyone with a serious interest in these issues * MIND, Vol.110, No.439 *show more

About Alfred R. Mele

Alfred R. Mele has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Humanities Centershow more

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