Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Lewis & Clark College

Churchland on Self-Control

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Patricia Churchland on Colbert

Patricia Churchland on Colbert

Listen to neurophilosopher Patricia's Churchland's discussion of self-control Philosophybites. According to neuroscientists and psychologists, self-control requires: 

  1. Deferment of gratification of a lesser value now for a greater value later; 
  2. Maintenance of a goal despite distractions;
  3. Suppression of inappropriate impulses;
  4. 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