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Free Will/Agency

18 titles
  • Before Consciousness

    In Search of the Fundamentals of Mind
    Zdravko Radman

    This book aims to integrate the non-conscious as a constitutive dimension of the mind and also to outline how it is indispensable in virtually everything we do.

  • Beyond the Subjectivity Trap

    Martin O'Dea

    Beyond the Subjectivity Trap challenges the paradigm of the hard problem of consciousness by contesting the relevance and primacy of human thought.

  • Pluralism and the Mind

    Matthew Colborn

    This book argues that new concepts of emergent mental properties are needed because of the failure of mainstream approaches satisfactorily to address issues like subjective volition, autonomy and creativity. Personal consciousness is active and classifiable as a subset of the wider problem of biological causation.

  • On Being Someone

    A Christian Point of View
    Helen Oppenheimer

    This book continues the discussions in "What a piece of work: on being human" (Imprint Academic 2006) and may be considered its sequel. In this volume the author leaves aside comparisons with our fellow creatures in order to attend to our own experience.

  • Evolving Ethics

    The New Science of Good and Evil
    Steven Mascaro

    This book describes the application of Artificial Life simulation to evolutionary scenarios of wide ethical interest, including the evolution of altruism, rape and abortion, providing a new meaning to "experimental philosophy".

  • Mindworlds

    A Decade of Consciousness Studies
    J. Andrew Ross

    Understanding consciousness is one of the central scientific challenges of our time. This book presents Andy Ross's recent work and discusses a range of perspectives on the core issues.

  • Brainstorming

    Views and Interviews on the Mind
    Shaun Gallagher

    Shaun Gallagher is a philosopher of mind who has made it his business to study and meet with leading neuroscientists, including Michael Gazzaniga, Marc Jeannerod and Chris Frith. The result is this unique introduction to the study of the mind, with topics ranging over consciousness, emotion, language, movement, free will and moral responsibility.

  • Making God

    A New Materialist Theory of the Person
    Ann Long

    Developments in psychology mean that our view of persons is unlike the great teachers of the Axial Age -- the Buddha, Confucius, Zoroaster, etc. -- and therefore the God they made can no longer serve as ours. We have to make our own. So argues Ann Long in this fascinating exploration of personhood, religion and moral value.

  • World in My Mind, My Mind in the World

    Key Mechanisms of Consciousness in People, Animals and Machines
    Igor Aleksander

    Not consciousness, but knowledge of consciousness: that is what this book communicates in a fascinating way.

  • Between Chance and Choice

    Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Determinism
    Robert Bishop

    This volume collects essays by accomplished scientists and philosophers, addressing numerous facets of the concept of determinism. The contributions cover viewpoints from mathematics, physics, cognitive science and social science as well as various branches of philosophy.

  • Right Road to Radical Freedom

    Tibor R. Machan

    This work focuses on the topic of freedom. The author starts with the old issue of free will — do we as individual human beings choose our conduct, at least partly independently, freely?

  • Moral Mind

    A Study of What it is to be Human
    Henry Haslam

    The reality and validity of the moral sense — which ordinary people take for granted — took a battering in the last century. Haslam shows how important the moral sense is to the human personality and exposes the weakness in much current thinking that suggests otherwise.

  • Plain Person's Free Will

    David Hodgson

    In this special issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies David Hodgson defends a simple, robust account of the plain person's position on free will, and intends it to support equally robust views of personal responsibility for conduct.

  • Physicalism and Mental Causation

    Sven Walter

    This book presents a range of essays on the conceptual foundations of physicalism, mental causation and human agency.

  • How Could Conscious Experiences Affect Brains?

    Max Velmans

    In daily life we take it for granted that our minds have conscious control of our actions, at least for most of the time. But many scientists and philosophers deny that this is really the case, because there is no generally accepted theory of how the mind interacts with the body. Max Velmans presents a non-reductive solution to the problem.

  • Volitional Brain

    Towards a Neuroscience of Freewill
    Benjamin Libet

    The puzzling status of volition is explored in this issue by a distinguished body of scientists and philosophers.

  • Models of the Self

    Shaun Gallagher

    A comprehensive reader on the problem of the self as seen from the perspectives of philosophy, development psychology, robotics, cognitive neuroscience, psychopathology, semiotics, phenomenology and contemplative studies, all focused on a keynote paper.

  • Evolutionary Origins of Morality

    Cross Disciplinary Perspectives
    Leonard D. Katz

    This volume includes four principal papers and a total of 43 peer commentaries on the evolutionary origins of morality.