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2015 Leverhulme Lecture (3): Marshmallows and Moderation

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Duration: 0:50:46 | Added: 10 Mar 2015
Is self-control a character trait or should we look to external props for self-control?

There is evidence that self-control is a character trait. This evidence seems inconsistent with the management approach I advocate, since that approach urges that we look to external props for self-control, not to states of the agent. In this lecture I argue, that contrary to appearances, we should hesitate to think that people high in what is known as trait self-control have any such character trait. In fact, properly understood the evidence concerning trait self-control supports the management approach.

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