Noun Acrasia Definition and Examples







The state of mind in which someone acts against their better judgement through weakness of will.
  1. 'A good test for whether the dictum has been developed in this way is a philosopher's account of akrasia, in which agents fail to comply with their deliberated verdicts in the face of temptation.'
  2. 'If reason could create or destroy feelings, then Aristotle would not be faced with the problem of akrasia.'
  3. 'This was an early example of what the ancients called akrasia, or weakness of will, where we find ourselves doing what we know we shouldn't.'
((n.) Alt. of Acrasy)

Early 19th century: from Greek, from a- ‘without’ + kratos ‘power, strength’. The term is used especially with reference to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics.

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