Surrounding Free Will: Philosophy, Psychology, Neuroscience

Hardcover | November 21, 2014

EditorAlfred R. Mele

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This volume showcases cutting-edge scholarship from The Big Questions in Free Will project, funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and directed by Alfred R. Mele. It explores the subject of free will from the perspectives of neuroscience; social, cognitive, and developmentalpsychology; and philosophy (both traditional and experimental). The volume consists of fourteen new articles and an introduction from top-ranked contributors, all of whom bring fresh perspectives to the question of free will. They investigate questions such as: How do children conceive of free will and how does their concept of free will develop? How doeslowered or raised confidence in the existence of free will affect our behavior? What modifies our power to resist temptation? What do lay folk mean by free will? What brain processes underlie decisions? How does the conscious experience of voluntary action contribute to the neural control ofbehavior? What are the neural differences between deliberate choosing and arbitrary picking? How do neuroscientific studies of decision making in monkeys bear on human free will? Is determinism compatible with free will? What can a proper understanding of causation tell us about free will? What ismoral responsibility? Readers interested in the current and future direction of scholarship on free will find this volume essential reading.

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This volume showcases cutting-edge scholarship from The Big Questions in Free Will project, funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and directed by Alfred R. Mele. It explores the subject of free will from the perspectives of neuroscience; social, cognitive, and developmentalpsychology; and philosophy (both traditional and...

Alfred R. Mele is the William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. He is the author of eight books from Oxford University press: Irrationality (1987), Springs of Action (1992), Autonomous Agents (1995), Motivation and Agency (2003), Free Will and Luck (2006), Effective Intentions (2009), Bac...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 1.18 inPublished:November 21, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Alfred Mele: Introduction2. Alison Gopnik and Tamar Kushnir: The Origins and Development of Our Conception of Free Will3. Andrew E. Monroe and Bertram F. Malle: Free Will without Metaphysics4. Roy Baumeister, Cory Clark, and Jamie Luguri: Free Will: Belief and Reality5. Jonathan Schooler, Thomas Nadelhoffer, Eddy Nahmias, and Kathleen Vohs: Measuring and Manipulating Beliefs and Behaviors Associated with Free Will: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly6. Gunnar Bjornsson: Incompatibilism and Bypassed Agency7. Hakwan Lau and Myrto Mylopoulos: Naturalizing Free Will: Paths and Pitfalls8. Patrick Haggard: "Free will": Components and Processes9. Ariel Furstenberg, Leon Y. Deouell, and Haim Sompolinsky: Change of Intention in "Picking" Situations10. Uri Maoz, Liad Mudrik, Ram Rivlin, Ian Ross, Adam Mamelak, and Gideon Yaffe: On Reporting the Onset of the Intention to Move11. Prescott Alexander, Alexander Schlegel, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Adina Roskies, Peter Ulric Tse, and Thalia Wheatley: Dissecting Readiness Potential: an Investigation of the Relationship Between Readiness Potentials, Conscious willing, and Action12. Adina Roskies: Monkey Decision-Making as a Model System for Human Decision-Making13. Carolina Sartorio: The Problem of Determinism and Free Will Is Not the Problem of Determinism and Free Will14. J. t. Ismael: On Being Some-One15. Randolph Clarke: Negligent Action and Unwitting OmissionPatrick Haggard, Alfred Mele, Timothy O'Connor, and Kathleen Vohs: Appendix: Free Will LexiconContributorsIndex