Autonomous Agents : From Self-Control to Autonomy

Autonomous Agents : From Self-Control to Autonomy

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This book addresses two related topics: self-control and individual autonomy. In approaching these issues, Mele develops a conception of an ideally self-controlled person, and argues that even such a person can fall short of personal autonomy. He then examines what needs to be added to such a person to yield an autonomous agent and develops two overlapping answers: one for compatibilist believers in human autonomy and one for incompatibilists. While remaining neutral between those who hold that autonomy is compatible with determinism and those who deny this, Mele shows that belief that there are autonomous agents is better grounded than belief that there are not.From Self-Control to Autonomy Alfred R. Mele Professor of Philosophy Davidson College ... one attempt it a€” can give rise to a conjunctive desire: for example, a desire to reduce onea#39;s alcohol consumption while minimizing the unpleasantness of the process. ... The commonsensical points made in the last three sentences are among the themes developed in various essays in Uleman and Bargh 1989.


Title:Autonomous Agents : From Self-Control to Autonomy
Author: Alfred R. Mele Professor of Philosophy Davidson College
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 1995-07-06
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