Master Philosophy en Vrije Keuze PW
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In this course we are going to investigate the concept of self-control. Students will become acquainted with current literature on this topic and gain an overview of the variety of approaches. Issues that will be dealt with include: willpower & weakness of will, delay of gratification & strategies of self-control, compulsion & addiction, recklessness & reflectivity, irresistable desires & automatic self-regulation, self and identity & determination.
The focus in this course is on conceptual issues. The aim of the course is to facilitate interdisciplinary discussions, making those with a philosophical background familiar with the empirical literature, and those with an empirical background familiar with the philosophical literature. The course should be of interest to both students of philosophy and students of behavioural science.
- Philosophical literature
- Jeanette Kennett (2001) Agency and Responsibility, A common sense moral psychology, Oxford: Clarendon Press, Chapters 5& 6
- N. Levy and T. Bayne (2004), A will of one’s own: consciousness, control, and character, International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 27, p. 459-470
- Edmund Henden (2008), What is Self-Control? Philosophical Psychology, 21, p. 69-90
- Alfred Mele, Autonomous Agents, From Self-Control to Autonomy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, Chapter 3 ‘Exercising self-control: A motivational problem’
- Marya Schechtman (2004), Self-expression and self-control, Ratio, 17, p. 409-427
- Victoria McGeer and Philip Pettit (2002), The self-regulating mind, Language and Communication, 22, p. 281-299
- Empirical literature
- G. M. Fitzsimons & J.A. Bargh (2004) Automatic self-regulation, in R. Baumeister and K.D. Vohs, Handbook of self-regulation; research, theory and applications, New Work: Guilford Press, p. 151-170
- Roy F. Baumeister and Todd F. Heatherton (1996) Self-Regulation Failure, Psychological Inquiry, 7, p. 1-15
- Mark Muraven and Roy F. Baumeister (2000) Self-Regulation and depletion of limited resources: Does Self-Control resemble a muscle? Psychological Bulletin, 126, p. 247-259
- Walter Mischel, (1996), From Good Intentions to Willpower, P.M. Gollwitzer and J.A. Bargh (ed) The Psychology of Action, Linking Cognition and Motivation to Behavior, New York: Guilford Press, p. 197-218
- E. L. Deci and R. M. Ryan (2000) The ‘what’ and ‘why’ of goal pursuits: Human Needs and the self-determination of behaviour, Psychological Inquiry, 11, p. 227-268
Lectures and tutorials
drs. D. Horstkötter, tel. 3616042, e-mail:
drs. D. Horstkötter
Students will write two short papers. One of these papers will have to be rewritten to show competence in appreciating feedback on one’s own work. The other paper they will have to present and defend in class during a students’ conference at the end of the class.
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