The Volitional Brain: Towards a Neuroscience of Free Will

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Benjamin Libet, Keith Sutherland, Anthony Freeman
Imprint Academic, Jun 8, 2000 - Medical - 320 pages
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It is widely accepted in science that the universe is a closed deterministic system in which everything can, ultimately, be explained by purely physical causation. And yet we all experience ourselves as having the freedom to choose between alternatives presented to us -- 'we' are in the driving seat. The puzzling status of volition is explored in this issue by a distinguished body of scientists and philosophers.

 

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Contents

a neurophysiologically oriented essay
1
Sean A Spence and Chris D Frith Towards a Functional Anatomy
11
Wolfram Schultz The Primate Basal Ganglia and the
31
Benjamin Libet Do We Have Free Will?
47
Gilberto Gomes Volition and the Readiness Potential
59
Psychology and Psychiatry
77
Guy Claxton Whodunnit? Unpicking the seems of free will
99
Schwartz A Role for Volition and Attention in the
115
Ulrich Mohrhoff The Physics of Interactionism
165
Wilson Mindbrain Interaction and Violation of
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David Hodgson Humes Mistake
201
E J Lowe Self Agency and Mental Causation
225
John McCrone A Bifold Model of Free Will
241
Personal responsibility
275
Index
294
Copyright

Physics
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About the author (2000)

Benjamin Libet is Professor Emeritus of Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco, and a member of the Center for Neuroscience at the University of California, Davis.

Freeman read chemistry and then theology at Oxford University and was ordained in 1972. ""When God In Us"" was first published in 1993 he was dismissed from his parish for contravening church teaching, but he remains a priest in the Church of England.

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