Managing Temptation: Comments on Chrisoula Andreou’s ‘Micromanagement and Poor Self-Control’


  • Timothy Luke Williamson University of Oxford, United Kingdom



In ‘Micromanagement and Poor Self-Control’, Chrisoula An-dreou argues that some cases of poor self-control are best understood as arising from poor self-management, in particular a kind of intrapersonal micromanagement. She argues that this furnishes us with a better understanding of those cases than the orthodox foreign force paradigm does (on which poor self-control amounts to diminished self-control). I argue that we cannot do without the foreign force paradigm to explain the cases that Andreou discusses. I suggest a both/and approach on which poor self-management and diminished self-control together explain poor self-control.

Author Biography

Timothy Luke Williamson, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Timothy Luke Williamson is a postdoctoral research fellow in philosophy at the Global Priorities Institute at the University of Oxford, as well as a Junior Research Fellow at St Cross College. He completed his PhD at the Australian National University. He works mainly on decision theory as it intersects both with ethics and metaphysics.




How to Cite

Williamson, T. L. (2024). Managing Temptation: Comments on Chrisoula Andreou’s ‘Micromanagement and Poor Self-Control’. Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 17(1), aa-aa.