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Effective Intentions: The Power of Conscious Will

Alfred R Mele


This book has both a negative aim and a positive aim. The negative aim is to show that some recent influential scientific claims about free will, consciousness, and action‐production are not warranted by the data. These claims (by Benjamin Libet, Daniel Wegner, and others) include the following: your brain routinely decides what you will do before you become conscious of its decision; there is only a 100‐millisecond window of opportunity for free will, and all you can freely do in that window is veto conscious intentions that you were about to execute; intentions and their physical correlates ... More

Keywords: action, consciousness, decision, free will, intention, Benjamin Libet, vetoing, Daniel Wegner

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195384260
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384260.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alfred R Mele, author
Florida State University
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