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Zach IrvingFollow

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https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1-YGiyKC5lCs707QKCqQ1Hl7_wQ_hTtS74z65V3Cmltg/edit?usp=sharing

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11-12-2019 11:20 AM

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In Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, there is a discussion of what it means to be akratic (morally weak) or enkratic (morally strong). We are supposedly akratic when we know what is right but still do what is wrong, and enkratic when we overcome our desire to do what is wrong in order to do what we know is right. However, Aristotle offers little explanation of exactly how we are akratic and enkratic and there has been much scholarly discussion trying to explain them. Unfortunately, this discussion has mostly been limited to discovering the kind of knowledge the akratic person has. My project is to apply the models developed for the akratic person to the enkratic in order to see if we can find the differences between them. Once we have found these differences, we will have a better understanding of how we can stop being akratic and start being enkratic.

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Dec 11th, 11:20 AM

Comparing Akratic and Enkratic Knowledge

In Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, there is a discussion of what it means to be akratic (morally weak) or enkratic (morally strong). We are supposedly akratic when we know what is right but still do what is wrong, and enkratic when we overcome our desire to do what is wrong in order to do what we know is right. However, Aristotle offers little explanation of exactly how we are akratic and enkratic and there has been much scholarly discussion trying to explain them. Unfortunately, this discussion has mostly been limited to discovering the kind of knowledge the akratic person has. My project is to apply the models developed for the akratic person to the enkratic in order to see if we can find the differences between them. Once we have found these differences, we will have a better understanding of how we can stop being akratic and start being enkratic.

https://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/honors-research-and-exhibition/2019/section-02/2