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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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Volition: How Physiology Speaks to the Issue of Responsibility

Volition: How Physiology Speaks to the Issue of Responsibility

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(p.61) Chapter 6 Volition: How Physiology Speaks to the Issue of Responsibility
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Conscious Will and Responsibility
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Mark Hallett

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381641.003.0007

This chapter describes an experiment designed to time the thought (T) of movement without relying on introspective data or retrospective reconstruction. It shows that T occurred later than observable brain events linked to action. The results also suggest that there is not enough time to veto action after willing becomes conscious, contrary to Libet's way of saving free will.

Keywords:   thought of movement, volition, action, free will, Benjamin Libet

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