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Do your intentions have no effect on your actions? Is free will an illusion? Some scientists say yes. Alfred Mele shows that these... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

Do your intentions have no effect on your actions? Is free will an illusion? Some scientists say yes. Alfred Mele shows that these claims are not justified by the data and that there is weighty evidence of the existence of effective conscious intentions or the power of conscious will.

Autorentext

Alfred R. Mele is William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University.



Klappentext

Each of the following claims has been defended in the scientific literature on free will and consciousness: your brain routinely decides what you will do before you become conscious of its decision; there is only a 100 millisecond window of opportunity for free will, and all it can do is veto conscious decisions, intentions, or urges; intentions never play a role in producing corresponding actions; and free will is an illusion. In Effective Intentions Alfred Mele shows that the evidence offered to support these claims is sorely deficient. He also shows that there is strong empirical support for the thesis that some conscious decisions and intentions have a genuine place in causal explanations of corresponding actions. In short, there is weighty evidence of the existence of effective conscious intentions or the power of conscious will. Mele examines the accuracy of subjects' reports about when they first became aware of decisions or intentions in laboratory settings and develops some implications of warranted skepticism about the accuracy of these reports. In addition, he explores such questions as whether we must be conscious of all of our intentions and why scientists disagree about this. Mele's final chapter closes with a discussion of imaginary scientific findings that would warrant bold claims about free will and consciousness of the sort he examines in this book.

Produktinformationen

Titel: Effective Intentions
Untertitel: The Power of Conscious Will
Autor:
EAN: 9780199888849
ISBN: 978-0-19-988884-9
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Oxford University Press
Genre: Psychologie
Veröffentlichung: 22.04.2009
Jahr: 2009
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 1.9 MB