How Could Conscious Experiences Affect Brains?

Exeter, UK: Imprint Academic (2003)
Authors
Max Velmans
Goldsmiths College, University of London
Abstract
In daily life we take it for granted that our minds have conscious control of our actions, at least for most of the time. But many scientists and philosophers deny that this is really the case, because there is no generally accepted theory of how the mind interacts with the body. Max Velmans presents a non-reductive solution to the problem, in which ‘conscious mental control’ includes ‘voluntary’ operations of the preconscious mind. On this account, biological determinism is compatible with experienced free will. Velmans’ theory is put to the test by nine critics: Ron Chrisley, Todd Feinberg, Jeffrey Gray, John Kihlstrom, Sam Rakover, Ramakrishna Rao, Aaron Sloman, Steve Torrance andRobert Van Gulick, followed by Velmans' reply.
Keywords consciousness  brains  free will  biological determinism  compatibilism  mind/body interaction  the causal paradox  anti-materialist arguments  dulaism  reductionism
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 9780907845393
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 37,988
External links

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.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

How Could Conscious Experiences Affect Brains?Max Velmans - 2002 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 9 (11):3-29.
Preconscious Free Will.Max Velmans - 2003 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 10 (12):42-61.
How Velmans' Conscious Experiences Affected Our Brains.Ron Chrisley & Aaron Sloman - 2002 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 9 (11):58-62.
Can Conscious Experience Affect Brain Activity?Benjamin W. Libet - 2003 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 10 (12):24-28.
Why Conscious Free Will Both is and Isn't an Illusion.Max Velmans - 2004 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (5):677.
Commentaries.J. Kihlstrom, Rao Ramakrishna, S. Rakover, T. Feinberg & S. Torrance - 2002 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 9 (11):3-68.
Brains Are Not Conscious.John L. Tienson - 1987 - Philosophical Papers 16 (November):187-93.
Précis of the Illusion of Conscious Will.Daniel M. Wegner - 2004 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (5):649-659.
Is the Mind Conscious, Functional or Both?Max Velmans - 1990 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13 (4):629-630.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2017-02-23

Total views
9 ( #591,780 of 2,312,429 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
4 ( #175,904 of 2,312,429 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature