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Conscious Will and ResponsibilityA Tribute to Benjamin Libet$
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Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Lynn Nadel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195381641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381641.001.0001

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Bending Time to One’s Will

Bending Time to One’s Will

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(p.134) Chapter 12 Bending Time to One’s Will
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Conscious Will and Responsibility
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Jeffrey P. Ebert

Daniel M. Wegner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381641.003.0013

Building on the research of Libet and others, this chapter shows that conscious will, and authorship more generally, is less a cause of events than an experience one has when the mind determines an event should be ascribed to the self—and that time plays a key role in such determinations. It then shows that this experience of authorship involves a subjective bending of time, such that actions and events are perceived to be temporally closer to each other when authorship is inferred.

Keywords:   authorship, conscious will, mind, bending time

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