The ordinary concept of weakness of will
Recently, a number of experimental philosophers have converged on the position that the ordinary concept of weakness of will does not solely consist in "judgment" or "intention" violation but is more like a cluster concept in which each factor plays contributory roles in the application of the concept. This, however, raises the question as to which factor is more central or plays a more significant role in folk's understanding of the concept. I contend that the ordinary concept of weakness of will is primarily constituted by the "executive commitment" rather than the "evaluative commitment" practices. Drawing on extensive evidence from developmental psychology, I will argue that the executive commitment, which, as I will show, involve intention recognition and metarepresentation, is developmentally prior and more fundamental in our exercise and intuitive understanding of the concept.
Yousefi Heris, A. (2020). The ordinary concept of weakness of will. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 19 (1), pp. 123-139.
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