Listen to neurophilosopher Patricia's Churchland's discussion of self-control Philosophybites. According to neuroscientists and psychologists, self-control requires:
- Deferment of gratification of a lesser value now for a greater value later;
- Maintenance of a goal despite distractions;
- Suppression of inappropriate impulses;
- Canceling an action when it would be disastrous
As you might suspect, Churchland is a compatibilist. Do you then self-control is freedom? Does it leave anything out?
*If you would like to see a fun interview, what her discuss neurophilosophy with Colbert here.