The Impact of Moral Judgment on Weakness of Will Attributions

Guest post by Mario Attie highlighting new research by Attie and Knobe as part of the x-phi replicability project Consider the following case: Phil has recently joined a French class. He is deeply
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Guest post by Mario Attie highlighting new research by Attie and Knobe as part of the x-phi replicability projectConsider the following case:Phil has recently joined a French class. He is deeply committed to the class and to what they are trying to achieve, though he tends to put off reading the classic French texts that the teacher insists they all study. He finds them a bit of a drag.This evening he has resolved to stay home and read some of the texts. But some friends call up and try to persuade him to come out with them. If things go as normal they’ll have a pizza and watch a movie. He thinks it would be better to stay home and read as planned, but he gives in and goes with them.Would you say that Phil displays weakness of will in going with his friends? Now consider the following variation of the story:This evening he has resolved to stay home and read some of the texts. But some friends call up and try to persuade him to come out with them. If things go as normal they’ll hang. . .

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