Spitzley, Thomas:
Weak-willed Animals?
2009
In: Rationality, markets, and morals (RMM), Jg. 0 (2009), Heft Perspectives in Moral Science, S. 95 - 108
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Titel:
Weak-willed Animals?
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Erscheinungsjahr:
2009
Erschienen in:
Rationality, markets, and morals (RMM), Jg. 0 (2009), Heft Perspectives in Moral Science, S. 95 - 108
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Abstract:

The aim of this paper is to contribute to answering the conceptual question whether there can be weak-willed non-human animals. After some preliminary clarifications concerning the phenomenon of weakness of will three different accounts are examined for the conditions a being has to fulfill in order to be in a position to display weakness of will. It is argued that these conditions are very strong and that there are good reasons to assume that, e.g., only language users can be weak-willed. This is taken as an independent argument for Davidson’s thesis that non-human animals which are not language users cannot act intentionally.