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Yes, We Have Conscious Will

Sharlow, Mark (2007) Yes, We Have Conscious Will. [Preprint]

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    In this paper I examine Daniel M. Wegner's line of argument against the causal efficacy of conscious will, as presented in Wegner's book "The Illusion of Conscious Will" (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2002). I argue that most of the evidence adduced in the book can be interpreted in ways that do not threaten the efficacy of conscious will. Also, I argue that Wegner's view of conscious will is not an empirical thesis, and that certain views of consciousness and the self are immune to Wegner's line of argument.

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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: This paper originally appeared on the author's website.
    Keywords: free will, freedom, determinism, conscious will
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Neuroscience
    Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
    General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
    Depositing User: Mark Sharlow
    Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:16
    Item ID: 3778

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