Lesson 1
Aristotle on Weakness of Will
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Prof. Gendler Tamar; PHIL 181: Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature; Spring 2011; YALE Open Courses: Yale University, Philosophy; http://oyc.yale.edu/philosophy/phil-181/lecture-11 Accessed 19/09/2014; License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Professor Gendler begins with a review of the situationist critique of virtue ethics,which claims that character plays only a minimal role in determining behavior. She then presents some countervailing evidence suggesting that certain personality traits appear to be quite stable over time, including work by Walter Mischel showing a strong correlation between an early capacity to delay gratification and subsequent academic and social success. Delayed gratification remains the topic of discussion as Professor Gendler shifts to Aristotle’s account of weakness of will and contemporary behavioral economics work on hyperbolic discounting.


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