I came across your online lecture, which was very helpful, offering a very in depth description of the problem but you did not seem to offer a judgement on the problem itself. Would you say that Aristotle effectively overcomes the problem of Akrasia?So, that offers an excellent occasion for engaging in a bit of a digression in this post -- what precisely is the "problem of akrasia"? -- that's what has to be asked, examined, and answered, before we can say whether Aristotle does or doesn't effectively formulate it, mainly in Nicomachean Ethics
Dec 8, 2012
Aristotle, Anger, and Akrasia, down at Felician College -- discussing some material, and outlining certain issues, appearing in a book I'm currently writing, reconstructing Aristotle's theory of anger across the corpus of his texts. I'd intended my next entry in this blog to use that as a starting point, continuing my on-again-off-again series on philosophical and theological treatments of anger (the last two, on Plato, are here and here). Recently, a student from the University of Edinburgh -- who watched the video of the talk -- wrote me:
book 7, let alone overcome it.