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Decomposing the Will
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Decomposing the Will

Andy Clark, Julian Kiverstein, and Tillmann Vierkant


There is growing evidence from the science of human behavior that our everyday, folk understanding of ourselves as conscious, rational, responsible agents may be radically mistaken. The science, some argue, recommends a view of conscious agency as merely epiphenomenal: an impotent accompaniment to the whirring unconscious machinery (the inner zombie!) that prepares, decides, and causes our behavior. This volume displays and explores this radical claim, revisiting the folk concept of the responsible agent after abandoning the image of a central executive and “decomposing” the notion of the cons ... More

Keywords: zombie challenge, conscious control, human behavior, human agency, automatic behavior, self-control

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199746996
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746996.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andy Clark, editor
University of Edinburgh

Julian Kiverstein, editor
University of the Edinburgh

Tillmann Vierkant, editor
University of Edinburgh

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