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Self-Defeating Goals
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0071-3919
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4063-3219
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9934-3833
2016 (English)In: Dialectica, ISSN 0012-2017, E-ISSN 1746-8361, Vol. 70, no 4, p. 491-512Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The typical function of goals is to regulate action in a way that furthers goal achievement. Goals are typically set on the assumption that they will help bring the agent(s) closer to the desired state of affairs. However, sometimes endorsement of a goal, or the processes by which the goal is set, can obstruct its achievement. When this happens, the goal is self-defeating. Self-defeating goals are common in both private and social decision-making but have not received much attention by decision theorists. In this paper, we investigate different variants of three major types of self-defeating mechanisms: (1) The goal can be an obstacle to its own fulfilment (self-defeating goal endorsement), (2) goal-setting activities can impede goal achievement (self-defeating goal-setting), and (3) disclosure of the goal can interfere with its attainment (self-defeating goal disclosure). Different strategies against self-defeasance are tentatively explored, and their efficiency against different types of self-defeasance is investigated.

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Blackwell Publishing, 2016. Vol. 70, no 4, p. 491-512
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-201172DOI: 10.1111/1746-8361.12161Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85010840320OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-201172DiVA, id: diva2:1073073
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Available from: 2017-02-09 Created: 2017-02-09 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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