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2015 Leverhulme Lecture (1): Self-Control: A problem of self-management

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Duration: 0:39:04 | Added: 04 Mar 2015
Self-control problems typically arise from conflicts between smaller sooner and larger later rewards.

In this lecture 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.

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