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

Self-Control: A problem of self-management

Speaker
Associate Professor Neil Levy
Event date
Event time
13:00 - 15:00
Venue
Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street
Oxford
OX1 3BD
Venue details

Lecture Theatre

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

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.