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Great post! I have suffered from a volitional disorder and witnessed a family member struggle with anorexia, and those experiences have radically altered my perspective on intention and volition. I am still working through how to integrate those experiences into my philosophical and legal framework -- I'm not there yet -- but I'm happy to see someone else thinking about it.

I didn't think much about the issue of volition and intention until I lost some because of OCD/depression (before getting sick I assumed everyone had roughly the same amount of self-control. Therefore criminal punishments -- for instance -- would have about the same level of deterrence for everyone). Boy has my view changed!

Talking to patients (both before and after illness/recovery) about their perceived level of volition could be helpful in this line of research.

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