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Bernard J. Baars

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195102659

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102659.001.1

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Volition: Conscious Control of Action

Volition: Conscious Control of Action

In the Theater of Consciousness

Bernard J. Baars

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines volition using the same approach that seemed to work for consciousness. That is, it asks: can we find examples of very similar voluntary and nonvoluntary actions that are experienced as profoundly different? Can we find phenomenal contrasts? It is shown that the answer is a clear “yes”.

Keywords:   William James, actions, consciousness, voluntary control, voluntary action

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