I asked many questions about the Yetzarim before trying to figure out the concept, the meaning and the way it works looking at myself and different cognitive studies.

Recently I found a concept called Akrasia (comming from Greek philosophers such as Socrates and Aristotle) which came quite close to certain of my own thoughts. Is the concept of Akrasia comparable to the Jewish view of the Yetzer Hara?

  • I think that to speak about yetsarim is a choice to think through externalisation. This is not an objectivable reality
    – kouty
    Commented Nov 8, 2016 at 14:25
  • Perhaps this question should be embedded in this one? A very good answer to either would answer both.
    – WAF
    Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 23:57

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This seems more like the idea that a person does not sin unless a wind of folly (so it against his judgement when he is in a regular state) goes into him

Sotah 3a

Resh Lakish said: A person does not commit a transgression unless a spirit of folly [shetuth] enters into him

The yetser harah is the will, to do forbidden things (for example the will to have relations with a woman that is forbidden to you), it is not "lack of self-control or the state of acting against one's better judgement" it is the will to do something that is against one's better judgement
The will is not forbidden, but the act is forbidden
it seems that "Akrasia" is regarding the act not the will


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