This lecture is organised by The Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
There is evidence that self-control is a character trait. This evidence seems inconsistent with the management approach Professor Levy advocates, since that approach urges that we look to external props for self-control, not to states of the agent. In this lecture he argues 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.
Speaker: Associate Professor Neil Levy is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, currently based at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne. Prior to taking up this position, he was Principal Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne, and Director of Research at the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, Oxford. From 2015, he will be Professor of Philosophy at Macquarie University, Sydney. He is a wide ranging philosopher, who has published extensively on many topics including free will and moral responsibility, philosophy of mind and psychology and applied ethics. He is the author of Neuroethics (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Hard Luck (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Consciousness and Moral Responsibility (Oxford University Press. 2014), among other books.
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