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According to the author, the paper by Chris Fraser and Kai-yee Wong is fascinating and insightful. The special philosophical puzzle about weakness of will has to do with a specific theory of human action and a specific conception of rationality that goes back to Aristotle. As they are aware, worries about the very possibility of weakness of will are the preserve of professional philosophers. These philosophers are confronted with a paradox: the prevailing theory of action is called a "causal theory" because it says an intentional action is defined in terms of its causes. A typical version of the story goes: actions are caused by reasons, but reasons for actions are beliefs and desires, but then an intentional action is an event caused "in the right way" by beliefs and desires.

Keywords: causal theory; Chris Fraser; Kai-yee Wong



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