Frontiers in Psychology 7:1-17 (2016)

Authors
Thomas Szanto
University of Copenhagen
Abstract
The present paper proposes an integrative account of social forms of practical irrationality and corresponding disruptions of individual and group-level emotion regulation. I will especially focus on disruptions in emotion regulation by means of collaborative agential and doxastic akrasia. I begin by distinguishing mutual, communal and collaborative forms of akrasia. Such a taxonomy seems all the more needed as, rather surprisingly, in the face of huge philosophical interest in analysing the possibility, structure and mechanisms of individual practical irrationality, with very little exception, there are no comparable accounts of social and collaborative cases. However, I believe that, if it is true that individual akrasia is, in the long run, harmful for those who entertain it, this is even more so in social contexts. I will illustrate this point by drawing on various small group settings, and explore a number of socio-psychological mechanisms underlying collaborative irrationality, in particular groupthink. Specifically, I suggest that in collaborative cases there is what I call a spiralling of practical irrationality at play. I will argue that this is typically correlated and indeed partly due to biases in individual members' affect control and eventually the group's with whom the members identify.
Keywords Akrasia  Doxastic Akrasia  Self-Deception  Practical Irrationality  Emotion Regulation  Collective Intentionality  Collective Emotions  Social Emotions
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2016, 2017
DOI 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.02002
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Emotions.Nico H. Frijda - 1986 - Cambridge University Press.

View all 83 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Culpable Ignorance in a Collective Setting.Säde Hormio - 2018 - Acta Philosophica Fennica 94:7-34.
Emotional Self‐Alienation.Thomas Szanto - 2017 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 41 (1):260-286.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Akrasia, Collective and Individual.Philip Pettit - 2003 - In Christine Tappolet & Sarah Stroud (eds.), Weakness of Will and Practical Irrationality. Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. 68--97.
Emotions and the Intelligibility of Akratic Action.Christine Tappolet - 2003 - In Sarah Stroud & Christine Tappolet (eds.), Weakness of Will and Practical Irrationality. Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. 97--120.
Akrasia and Irrationality.Sergio Tenenbaum - 2010 - In Sandis O'Connor (ed.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Action. Blackwell. pp. 274-282.
The Lures of Akrasia.Amelie Oksenberg Rorty - 2017 - Philosophy 92 (2):167-181.
Epistemic Akrasia.Brian Ribeiro - 2011 - International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 1 (1):18-25.
Irrationality: A Precis.Alfred R. Mele - 1988 - Philosophical Psychology 1 (2):173-177.
Self-Deception. Akrasia and Irrationality.Amélie Oksenberg Rorty - 1980 - Social Science Information 19 (6):905-922.
"Akrasia": Basic and Supplementary Features.Kirk Fitzpatrick - 1999 - Dissertation, The Claremont Graduate University
How is Recalcitrant Emotion Possible?Hagit Benbaji - 2013 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 91 (3):577-599.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2018-03-22

Total views
209 ( #48,936 of 2,448,708 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
19 ( #36,128 of 2,448,708 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes