Akrasia in Greek Philosophy

From Socrates to Plotinus


Discussions on akrasia (lack of control, or weakness of will) in Greek philosophy have been particularily vivid and intense for the past two decades. Standard stories that presented Socrates as the philosopher who simply denied the phenomenon, and Plato and Aristotle as rehabilitating it straightforwardly against Socrates, have been challenged in many different ways. Building on those challenges, this collective provides new, and in some cases opposed ways of reading well-known as well as more neglected texts. Its 13 contributions, written by experts in the field, cover the whole history of Greek ethics, from Socrates to Plotinus, through Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoics (Cleanthes, Chrysippus, Epictetus).

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Christopher Bobonich, Ph.D. (1990) in Philosophy, University of Berkeley, is Associate Professor at Stanford University. He has written a number of articles on Greek ethical, and political philosophy and psychology, and is the author of Plato's Utopia Recast: His Later Ethics and Politics (Oxford, 2002).
Pierre Destrée, Ph.D. (1994) in Philosophy, Université catholique de Louvain, is Research Associate at the Fonds National belge de la Recherche Scientifique, and Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Université catholique de Louvain. His publications include articles on Greek ethics, and aesthetics.
" The volume is a welcome addition to the literature on ancient ethics. Furthermore, as some of the papers deal with their subject with a clear eye to contemporary problems in ethics or moral psychology, modern moral philosophers may also find much food for thought in it." Peter Lautner in BMCR 2010.04.05

"[...] ce volume a le mérite de témoigner de l’état actuel des recherches sur l’akrasia dont on voit qu’elle constitue un enjeu déterminant pour l’interpréta-tion de la question socratique et de la psychologie morale platonicienne." Olivier Renaut et Laetitia Monteils-Laeng in Bulletin Platonicien VII
All those interested in Ethics and theory of action, especially ancient Greek ethics.