Self-Control: A problem of self-management | University of Oxford

Self-Control: A problem of self-management

Associate Professor Neil Levy
13:00 - 15:00
Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street

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In this lecture I argue that self-control problems typical arise from conflicts between smaller sooner and larger later rewards. I suggest that we often fail successfully to navigate these problems because of our commitment to a conception of ourselves as rational agents who answer questions about ourselves by looking to the world. Despite the attractions of this conception, I argue that it undermines efforts at self-control and thereby our capacity to pursue the ends we value. I suggest we think of self-control as a problem of self-management, whereby we manipulate ourselves.