Willpower as a metaphor

In Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility vol. 8. Oxford University Press (forthcoming)
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Abstract

Willpower is a metaphor that is widespread in both common usage and expert literature across disciplines. This paper looks into willpower as a ‘metaphor we live by’, analyzing and exploring the consequences of the tacit information content of the willpower metaphor for agentive self-understanding and efficacy. In addition to contributing to stigma associated with self-control failures, the metaphor causally contributes to self-control failures by obscuring available self-control strategies and instructing agents to superfluous self-control efforts.

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Polaris Koi
University of Turku

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