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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 5 HT10

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 5 HT10
Start Date 24th May 2010 4:30pm
End Date 24th May 2010 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours

Lubomira Radoilska (Cambridge), 'Akrasia, Addiction, and Autonomy' be held in the Lecture Room, 10 Merton Street, Oxford - Seminars in Moral Philosophy webpage


This paper will aim to provide a logical reconstruction of akrasia, as addressed by Aristotle. The analysis will point to several central features that are also shared by current accounts of addiction. The proposed conception of akrasia will then be employed in order to clarify some apparently conflicting intuitions about actions motivated by addiction. The question whether such actions can be fully responsible will be distinguished from that of whether they can be compatible with personal autonomy. This will help identify a promising way of reconsidering both the relationships between autonomy and value and the distinction between value-neutral and value-laden approaches.

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