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Why conscious free will both is and isn’t an illusion

Velmans, Max. 2004. Why conscious free will both is and isn’t an illusion. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 27(5), p. 677. ISSN 0140-525X [Article]

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Wegner's analysis of the illusion of conscious will is close to my own account of how conscious experiences relate to brain processes. But our analyses differ somewhat on how conscious will is not an illusion. Wegner argues that once conscious will arises it enters causally into subsequent mental processing. I argue that while his causal story is accurate, it remains a first-person story. Conscious free will is not an illusion in the sense that this first-person story is compatible with and complementary to a third-person account of voluntary processing in the mind/brain.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X04420159

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
2004Published

Item ID:

26176

Date Deposited:

10 Apr 2019 13:17

Last Modified:

10 Apr 2019 13:17

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/26176

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