The illusion (Ch. 1)
So, here you are, reading about conscious will. How could this have happened? One way to explain it would be to examine the causes of your behavior. A team of scientists could study your reported thoughts, emotions, and motives, your genetics and your history of learning, experience, and development, your social situation and culture, your memories and reaction times, your physiology and neuroanatomy, and lots of other things as well. If they somehow had access to all the information they could ever want, the assumption of psychology is that they could uncover the mechanisms that give rise to all your behavior, and so could certainly explain why you are reading these words at this moment. However, another way to explain the fact of your reading these lines is just to say that you decided to begin reading. You consciously willed what you are doing. The ideas of conscious will and psychological mechanism have an oil and water relationship, having never been properly reconciled. One way to put them together is to say that the mechanistic approach is the explanation preferred for scientific purposes, but that the person’s experience of conscious will is utterly convincing and important to the person – and so must be understood scientifically as well. The mechanisms underlying the experience of will are themselves a fundamental topic of scientific study.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
The Illusion of Explanation: The Experience of Volition, Mental Effort, and Mental Imagery.Zenon Pylyshyn - 2004 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (5):672-673.
When Consciousness Matters: A Critical Review of Daniel Wegner's the Illusion of Conscious Will. [REVIEW]Eddy A. Nahmias - 2002 - Philosophical Psychology 15 (4):527-541.
Why Conscious Free Will Both is and Isn't an Illusion.Max Velmans - 2004 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (5):677.
How Neuroscience Accounts for the Illusion of Conscious Will.Masao Ito - 2004 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (5):664-665.
How to Accept Wegner's Illusion of Conscious Will and Still Defend Moral Responsibility.Richard Double - 2004 - Behavior and Philosophy 32 (2):479 - 491.
Phenomenology and the Feeling of Doing : Wegner on the Conscious Will.Tim Bayne - 2004 - In Susan Pockett (ed.), Does Consciousness Cause Behaviour? Cambridge: MIT Press.
Times of Our Lives: Negotiating the Presence of Experience.Yuri Balashov - 2005 - American Philosophical Quarterly 42 (4):295 - 309.
Précis of the Illusion of Conscious Will.Daniel M. Wegner - 2004 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (5):649-659.
Added to index2010-12-22
Total downloads23 ( #221,205 of 2,178,142 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #316,663 of 2,178,142 )
How can I increase my downloads?