"The Science of Self-Control" with Prof Neil Levy

Past Event

03 March 2015, 4:30pm - 6:30pm

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 outline some of the main perspectives on self-control and its loss stemming from recent work in psychology. He will focus in particular on the puzzle arising from the role of glucose in successful self-control. Glucose ingestion seems to boost self-control but there is good evidence that it doesn't do this by providing fuel for the relevant mechanisms. He suggests that glucose functions as a cue of resource availability rather than fuel.

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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