Breakdown of Will

Book Name : Breakdown of Will

By by George Ainslie

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Ainslie argues that our responses to the threat of our own inconsistency determine the basic fabric of human culture. He suggests that individuals are more like populations of bargaining agents than like the hierarchical command structures envisaged by cognitive psychologists. The forces that create and constrain these populations help us understand so much that is puzzling in human action and interaction: from addictions and other self-defeating behaviors to the experience of willfulness, from pathological over-control and self-deception to subtler forms of behavior such as altruism, sadism, gambling, and the 'social construction' of belief. This book integrates approaches from experimental psychology, philosophy of mind, microeconomics, and decision science to present one of the most profound and expert accounts of human irrationality available. It will be of great interest to philosophers and an important resource for professionals and students in psychology, economics and political science. Cambridge University Press; March 2001 ISBN 9780511039126 Read online, or download in secure PDF format Title: Breakdown of Will Author: George Ainslie Imprint: Cambridge University Press Subject categories Academic Psychology & Psychiatry > Cognitive Psychology Philosophy > Logic Self-Help > Motivational Political Science Psychology & Psychiatry > Social Psychology Social Sciences Business > Economics > Theory Psychology > Will. Volition. Choice. Control ISBNs 0511039123 9780521593007 9780511039126 In The Press 'This book is definitely worth reading and food for thought. It raises and sheds light on difficult issues that should be of interest to anybody concerned with human behaviour …' Practical Philosophy

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Academic Psychology & Psychiatry - Cognitive Psychology Philosophy - Logic Self-Help - Motivational Political Science Psychology & Psychiatry - Social Psychology Social Sciences Business - Economics - Theory Psychology - Will. Volition. Choice. Control

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0511039123 - 9780521593007 - 9780511039126

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'This book is definitely worth reading and food for thought. It raises and sheds light on difficult issues that should be of interest to anybody concerned with human behaviour …' Practical Philosophy

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Cambridge University Press

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