Conscious Will and Responsibility: A Tribute to Benjamin Libet by Walter Sinnott-armstrongConscious Will and Responsibility: A Tribute to Benjamin Libet by Walter Sinnott-armstrong

Conscious Will and Responsibility: A Tribute to Benjamin Libet

EditorWalter Sinnott-armstrong, Lynn Nadel

Hardcover | November 27, 2010

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We all seem to think that we do the acts we do because we consciously choose to do them. This commonsense view is thrown into dispute by Benjamin Libet's eyebrow-raising experiments, which seem to suggest that conscious will occurs not before but after the start of brain activity that producesphysical action. Libet's striking results are often claimed to undermine traditional views of free will and moral responsibility and to have practical implications for criminal justice. His work has also stimulated a flurry of further fascinating scientific research - including findings in psychology by Dan Wegnerand in neuroscience by John-Dylan Haynes - that raises novel questions about whether conscious will plays any causal role in action. Critics respond that both commonsense views of action and traditional theories of moral and legal responsibility, as well as free will, can survive the scientificonslaught of Libet and his progeny. To further this lively debate, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Lynn Nadel have brought together prominent experts in neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and law to discuss whether our conscious choices really cause our actions, and what the answers to that questionmean for how we view ourselves and how we should treat each other.
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is Chauncey Stillman Professor in Practical Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and in the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University as well as Co-director of the MacArthur Law and Neuroscience Program. Widely published, his current research focuses on empirical moral psychology, free will and responsibi...
Title:Conscious Will and Responsibility: A Tribute to Benjamin LibetFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.98 inPublished:November 27, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Lynn Nadel: Introduction1. Benjamin Libet: "Do We have Free Will?"2. Adina L. Roskies: "Why Libet's Studies Don't Pose a Threat to Free Will"3. Alfred R. Mele: "Libet on Free Will: Readiness Potentials, Decisions, and Awareness"4. Susan Pockett and Suzanne Purdy: "Are Voluntary Movements Initiated Preconsciously? The Relationships between Readiness Potentials, Urges, and Decisions"5. William P. Banks and Eve A. Isham: "Do We Really Know What We are Doing? Implications of Reported Time of Decision for Theories of Volition"6. Elisabeth Pacherie and Patrick Haggard: "What are Intentions?"7. Mark Hallett: "Volition: How Physiology Speaks to the Issue of Responsibility"8. John-Dylan Haynes: "Beyond Libet: Long-term Prediction of Free Choices from Neuroimaging Signals"9. F. Carota, M. Desmurget, and A. Sirigu: "Forward Modeling Mediates Motor Awareness"10. Tashina Graves, Brian Maniscalco, and Hakwan Lau: "Volition and the Function of Consciousness"11. Deborah Talmi and Chris D. Frith: "Neuroscience, Free Will, and Responsibility"12. Jeffrey P. Ebert and Daniel M. Wegner: "Bending Time to One's Will"13. Thalia Wheatley and Christine Looser: "Prospective Codes Fulfilled: A Potential Neural Mechanism of the Will"14. Terry Horgan: "The Phenomenology of Agency and the Libet Results"15. Thomas Nadelhoffer: "The Threat of Shrinking Agency and Free Will Disillusionism"16. Gideon Yaffe: "Libet and the Criminal Law's Voluntary Act Requirement"17. Larry Alexander: "Criminal and Moral Responsibility and the Libet Experiments"18. Michael S. Moore: "Libet's Challenge(s) to Responsible Agency"19. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong: "Lessons from Libet"