Free Will and Consciousness: How Might They Work?

Hardcover | July 23, 2010

EditorRoy Baumeister, Alfred Mele, Kathleen Vohs

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This volume is aimed at readers who wish to move beyond debates about the existence of free will and the efficacy of consciousness and closer to appreciating how free will and consciousness might operate. It draws from philosophy and psychology, the two fields that have grappled mostfundamentally with these issues. In this wide-ranging volume, the contributors explore such issues as how free will is connected to rational choice, planning, and self-control; roles for consciousness in decision making; the nature and power of conscious deciding; connections among free will,consciousness, and quantum mechanics; why free will and consciousness might have evolved; how consciousness develops in individuals; the experience of free will; effects on behavior of the belief that free will is an illusion; and connections between free will and moral responsibility in laythinking. Collectively, these state-of-the-art chapters by accomplished psychologists and philosophers provide a glimpse into the future of research on free will and consciousness.

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This volume is aimed at readers who wish to move beyond debates about the existence of free will and the efficacy of consciousness and closer to appreciating how free will and consciousness might operate. It draws from philosophy and psychology, the two fields that have grappled mostfundamentally with these issues. In this wide-rangi...

Roy Baumeister was included in the most highly cited scientist category by Thomson ISI, among the top 243 psychologists/psychiatrists (about 30 of whom are social psychologists). He is the author or lead editor of 21 books, including three with us -- Identity: Cultural Change and the Struggle for Self (1986); The Cultural Animal (200...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 23, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Alfred R. Mele, Kathleen D. Vohs, And Roy F. Baumeister: Free Will and Consciousness: Introduction and Overview of Perspectives2. Merlin Donald: Consciousness and The Freedom to Act3. Roy. F. Baumeister: Understanding Free Will and Consciousness on the Basis of Current Research Findings in Psychology4. Alfred R. Mele: Conscious Deciding and the Science of Free Will5. Kathleen D. Vohs: Free Will is Costly: Action Control, Making Choices, Mental Time Travel, and Impression Management Use Precious Volitional Resources6. Richard Holton: Disentangling the Will7. David A. Pizarro And Eric Helzer: Stubborn Moralism and Freedom of the Will8. John R. Searle: Consciousness and the Problem of Free Will9. Stephanie M. Carlson: Development of Conscious Control and Imagination10. Adina L. Roskies: Freedom, Neural Mechanism, and Consciousness11. Jim Blascovich: (Virtual) Reality, Consciousness, and Free Will12. Jonathan W. Schooler: What Science Tells Us About Free Will