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Surrounding Free Will

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 developmental psychology; 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 does lowered 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 of behavior? 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 is moral responsibility? Readers interested in the current and future direction of scholarship on free will find this volume essential reading.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents ; 1. Introduction ; Alfred Mele ; 2. The Origins and Development of Our Conception of Free Will ; Alison Gopnik and Tamar Kushnir ; 3. Free Will without Metaphysics ; Andrew E. Monroe and Bertram F. Malle ; 4. Free Will: Belief and Reality ; Roy Baumeister, Cory Clark, and Jamie Luguri ; 5. Measuring and Manipulating Beliefs and Behaviors Associated with Free Will: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly ; Jonathan Schooler, Thomas Nadelhoffer, Eddy Nahmias, and Kathleen Vohs ; 6. Incompatibilism and Bypassed Agency ; Gunnar Bjornsson ; 7. Naturalizing Free Will: Paths and Pitfalls ; Hakwan Lau and Myrto Mylopoulos ; 8. <"Free will>": Components and Processes ; Patrick Haggard ; 9. Change of Intention in <"Picking>" Situations ; Ariel Furstenberg, Leon Y. Deouell, and Haim Sompolinsky ; 10. On Reporting the Onset of the Intention to Move ; Uri Maoz, Liad Mudrik, Ram Rivlin, Ian Ross, Adam Mamelak, and Gideon Yaffe ; 11. Dissecting Readiness Potential: an Investigation of the Relationship Between Readiness Potentials, Conscious willing, and Action ; Prescott Alexander, Alexander Schlegel, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Adina Roskies, Peter Ulric Tse, and Thalia Wheatley ; 12. Monkey Decision-Making as a Model System for Human Decision-Making ; Adina Roskies ; 13. The Problem of Determinism and Free Will Is Not the Problem of Determinism and Free Will ; Carolina Sartorio ; 14. On Being Some-One ; J. T. Ismael ; 15. Negligent Action and Unwitting Omission ; Randolph Clarke ; Appendix: Free Will Lexicon ; Patrick Haggard, Alfred Mele, Timothy O'Connor, and Kathleen Vohs ; Contributors ; Index

About the Author

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), Backsliding (2012), and A Dialogue on Free Will and Science (2014). He also is the editor of The Philosophy of Action (OUP 1997) and a coeditor of four other OUP volumes: Mental Causation (1993), The Oxford Handbook of Rationality (2004), Rationality and the Good (2007), and Free Will and Consciousness: How Might They Work? (2010).


a fascinating series of high-quality, interlinked papers ...The volume finishes with three papers in a more traditional vein ... they are of the highest quality * Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Online * Together, the contributors to this work provide a rich, interdisciplinary volume directed to "everyone with a serious interest in free will ... Recommended. * Choice *

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