Decomposing the Will

Hardcover | April 3, 2013

EditorAndy Clark, Julian Kiverstein, Tillmann Vierkant

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There is growing evidence from the science of human behavior that our everyday, folk understanding of ourselves as conscious, rational, responsible agents may be radically mistaken. The science, some argue, recommends a view of conscious agency as merely epiphenomenal: an impotentaccompaniment to the whirring unconscious machinery (the inner zombie) that prepares, decides and causes our behavior. The new essays in this volume display and explore this radical claim, revisiting the folk concept of the responsible agent after abandoning the image of a central executive, and"decomposing" the notion of the conscious will into multiple interlocking aspects and functions.Part 1 of this volume provides an overview of the scientific research that has been taken to support "the zombie challenge." In part 2, contributors explore the phenomenology of agency and what it is like to be the author of one's own actions. Part 3 then explores different strategies for using thescience and phenomenology of human agency to respond to the zombie challenge.Questions explored include: what distinguishes automatic behavior and voluntary action? What, if anything, does consciousness contribute to the voluntary control of behavior? What does the science of human behavior really tell us about the nature of self-control?

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There is growing evidence from the science of human behavior that our everyday, folk understanding of ourselves as conscious, rational, responsible agents may be radically mistaken. The science, some argue, recommends a view of conscious agency as merely epiphenomenal: an impotentaccompaniment to the whirring unconscious machinery (the...

Andy Clark is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. Julian Kiverstein is Postdoctoral Researcher in Philosophy at University of the Edinburgh. Tillmann Vierkant is Lecturer of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 3, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Tillmann Vierkant, Julian Kiverstein and Andy Clark: IntroductionPart I: The Zombie Challenge2. Adina L. Roskies: The Neuroscience of Volition3. John-Dylan Haynes: Beyond Libet: Long-term Prediction of Free Choices from Neuroimaging Signals4. Alfred R. Mele: Vetoing and Consciousness5. Richard Holton: Determinism and PredictabilityPart II: The Sense of Agency6. Manos Tsarkiris and Aikaterini Fotopoulou: From the Fact to the Sense of Agency7. Shaun Gallagher: Ambiguity in the Sense of Agency8. Fabio Paglieri: There's Nothing Life Being Free: Default Dispositions, Judgments of Freedom, and the Phenomenology of Coercion9. Tim Bayne: Agency as a Marker of ConsciousnessPart III: The Function of Conscious Control: Conflict Resolution, Emotion, and Mental Actions10. Ezequiel Morsella, Tara C. Dennehy, and John A. Bargh: Voluntary Action and the Three Forms of Binding in the Brain11. Nico H. Frijda: Emotion Regulation and Free Will12. Sam J. Maglio, Peter M. Gollwitzer, and Gabriele Oettingen: Action Control by Implementation Intentions: The Role of Discrete Emotions13. Wayne Wu: Mental Action and the Threat of Automaticity14. Joelle Proust: Mental Acts as Natural KindsPart IV: Decomposed Accounts of the Will15. Tillmann Vierkant: Managerial control and free mental agency16. Lars Hall and Petter Johansson: Recomposing the Will: Distributed Motivation and Computer Mediated Extrospection17. Manuel Vargas: Situationism and Moral Responsibility: Free Will in Fragments