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Surrounding Self-Control

Alfred R. Mele


This book is one of the fruits of the Philosophy and Science of Self-Control project, a three-year project designed to explore the topic of self-control from a variety of angles: neuroscience; social, cognitive, and developmental psychology; decision theory; and philosophy. The book is divided into four main parts: “What is self-control and how does it work?”; “Temptation and goal pursuit”; “Self-control, morality, and law”; and “Extending self-control.” Part I explores conceptual and empirical questions about the nature of self-control and how self-control functions. Questions featured here i ... More

Keywords: decision-making, ego-depletion, emotion, free will, morality, moral responsibility, motivation, self-control, self-regulation, willpower

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197500941
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197500941.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alfred R. Mele, editor
William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor, Florida State University

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Front Matter

1 Introduction

Alfred R. Mele

Part I What Is Self-Control and How Does It Work?

2 The Long Reach of Self-Control

Roy F. Baumeister, Andrew J. Vonasch, and Hallgeir Sjåstad

3 The Developmental and Cultural Origins of Our Beliefs about Self-Control

Adrienne Wente, Xin Zhao, Alison Gopnik, Carissa Kang, and Tamar Kushnir

4 Self-Control as a Coordination Problem

Asael Y. Sklar and Kentaro Fujita

5 Self-Control as Hybrid Skill

Myrto Mylopoulos and Elisabeth Pacherie

6 Inhibitory Control and Self-Control*

Alejandra Sel and Joshua Shepherd

9 Mind Control

Marcela Herdova and Stephen Kearns

Part II Temptation and Goal Pursuit

10 Self-Control, Agency, and the Placebo Brain Stimulation

Davide Rigoni, Naomi Vanlessen, Rossella Guerini, Mario De Caro, and Marcel Brass

11 Framing Temptations in Relation to the Self

Eric Funkhouser and Jennifer C. Veilleux

13 Resist or Yield?

Bence Nanay

Part III Self-Control, Morality, and Law

14 Moralizing Self-Control

Marlon Mooijman, Peter Meindl, and Jesse Graham

16 Self-Control and Deliberate Ignorance

Sammy Basu and James Friedrich

18 Juvenile Self-Control and Legal Responsibility

Tyler K. Fagan, Katrina Sifferd, and William Hirstein

Part IV Extending Self-Control

20 Empathic Self-Control

David Shoemaker

22 Frankfurt and the Problem of Self-Control

Ryan Cummings and Adina L. Roskies