Philosophical Questions about the Nature of Willpower

Philosophy Compass 5 (9):793–805 (2010)
In this article, I survey four key questions about willpower: How is willpower possible? Why does willpower fail? How does willpower relate to other self-regulatory processes? and What are the connections between willpower and weakness of will? Empirical research into willpower is growing rapidly and yielding some fascinating new findings. This survey emphasizes areas in which empirical progress in understanding willpower helps to advance traditional philosophical debates.
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DOI 10.1111/j.1747-9991.2010.00346.x
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