"Self-Control: A problem of self-management" with Prof Neil Levy

Past Event

27 February 2015, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

This lecture is organised by The Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics

In this lecture Professor Levy will argue that self-control problems typical arise from conflicts between smaller sooner and larger later rewards. He suggests 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, he argues that it undermines efforts at self-control and thereby our capacity to pursue the ends we value. He suggests we think of self-control as a problem of self-management, whereby we manipulate ourselves.

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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