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Aristotle’s Akratic: Foreshadowing A Solution

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As for a general elaboration, Aristotle regards the akratic's action as blameworthy and voluntary. At the same time, it is clear that there is something amiss with the akratic's knowledge at the time of the akratic act. Examining this passage in which Aristotle explores the various levels of relationship between knowledge and ignorance will thus give us a hint as to the threshold for knowledge at which the knowledge requirement for voluntariness can still be fulfilled. This chapter aims merely to discuss an interpretation with a view toward determining how robust knowledge must be such that the knowledge requirement for voluntariness is fulfilled. There is, however, a certain approach to this passage that characterizes many attempts which the author calls a 'classical interpretation'. The chapter presents a different interpretation by contrasting it with that more common one, making reference to variations as appropriate.

Keywords: akratic; Aristotle; classical interpretation; ignorance; knowledge



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