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Breakdown of will

Author: George Ainslie
Publisher: Cambridge Cambridge Univ. Press 2008
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Transferred to digital printView all editions and formats

Ainslie argues that our responses to the threat of our own inconsistency determine the basic fabric of human culture. This perspective helps us understand puzzling aspects of human action and  Read more...


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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: George Ainslie
ISBN: 9780521593007 052159300X
OCLC Number: 846472439
Notes: Bibliogr. S. 227 - 258
Description: XI, 258 Seiten Diagramme 24 cm
Contents: Preface; Part I. Breakdowns of Will: The Puzzle of Akrasia: 1. Introduction; 2. The dichotomy at the root of decision science: do we make choices by destres or by judgments?; 3. The warp in how we evaluate the future; 4. The warp can create involuntary behaviors: pains, hungers, emotions; Part II. A Breakdown of the Will: The Components of Intertemporal Bargaining: 5. The elementary interaction of interests; 6. Sophisticated bargaining among internal interests; 7. The subjective experience of intertemporal bargaining; 8. Getting evidence about a nonlinear motivational system; Part III. The Ultimate Breakdown of Will: Nothing Fails Like Success: 9. The downside of willpower; 10. An efficient will undermines appetite; 11. The need to maintain appetite eclipses the will; 12. Conclusions; Notes; References; Indexes.
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