David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophical Psychology 17 (2):247-274 (2004)
The concept of volition has a long history in Western thought, but is looked upon unfavorably in contemporary philosophy and psychology. This paper proposes and elaborates a unifying conception of volition, which views volition as a mediating executive mental process that bridges the gaps between an agent's deliberation, decision and voluntary bodily action. Then the paper critically examines three major skeptical arguments against volition: volition is a mystery, volition is an illusion, and volition is a fundamentally flawed conception that leads to infinite regress. It is shown that all these charges are untenable and the arguments are far from decisive to dismiss the concept of volition. In addition, it is suggested that a naturalistic approach, which takes philosophical inquiry as continuous with the scientific study of volition, is a promising way to demystify volition
|Keywords||Illusion Infinite Regress Metaphysics Mystery Volition|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Edmund Henden (2008). What is Self-Control? Philosophical Psychology 21 (1):69 – 90.
Joshua Stuchlik (2013). From Volitionalism to the Dual Aspect Theory of Action. Philosophia 41 (3):867-886.
Similar books and articles
Hugh J. McCann (1974). Volition and Basic Action. Philosophical Review 83 (4):451-473.
Jean E. Burns (1999). Volition and Physical Laws. Journal of Consciousness Studies 6 (10):27-47.
Scott E. Weiner (2003). Unity of Agency and Volition: Some Personal Reflections. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 10 (4):369-372.
F. Baumeister Roy, T. Gaillot Matthew & M. Tice Dianne (2009). Control, Choice, and Volition. Free Willpower: A Limited Resource Theory of Volition, Choice, and Self-Regulation. In Ezequiel Morsella, John A. Bargh & Peter M. Gollwitzer (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Human Action. Oxford University Press.
Thomas Metzinger (2006). Conscious Volition and Mental Representation: Toward a More Fine-Grained Analysis. In Natalie Sebanz & Wolfgang Prinz (eds.), Disorders of Volition. MIT Press.
Jordan Grafman & Frank Krueger (2006). Volition and the Human Prefrontal Cortex. In Natalie Sebanz & Wolfgang Prinz (eds.), Disorders of Volition. MIT Press.
Marc Jeannerod (2006). From Volition to Agency: The Mechanism of Action Recognition and its Failures. In Natalie Sebanz & Wolfgang Prinz (eds.), Disorders of Volition. MIT Press.
Edward S. Reed (1990). The Trapped Infinity: Cartesian Volition as Conceptual Nightmare. Philosophical Psychology 3 (1):101-121.
Jing Zhu (2004). Locating Volition. Consciousness and Cognition 13 (2):302-322.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads79 ( #18,715 of 1,101,955 )
Recent downloads (6 months)9 ( #28,723 of 1,101,955 )
How can I increase my downloads?