Agency and Self-Awareness: Issues in Philosophy and Psychology

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In recent years there has been much psychological and neurological work purporting to show that consciousness and self-awareness play no role in causing actions, and indeed to demonstrate that free will is an illusion. The essays in this volume subject the assumptions that motivate such claims to sustained interdisciplinary scrutiny. The book will be compulsory reading for psychologists and philosophers working on action explanation, and for anyone interested in the relation between the brain sciences and consciousness.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199245628
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Consciousness and Self-consciousness Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Naomi Eilan and Johannes Roessler
2. The Sense of Agency: Awareness and Ownership of Action, Antony Marcel
3. Action: Awareness, Ownership, and Knowledge, Christopher Peacocke
4. Conscious Awareness of Intention and of Action, Patrick Haggard
5. Consciousness of Action and Self-Consciousness: A Cognitive Neuroscience Approach, Marc Jeannerod
6. The Role of Demonstratives in Action-Explanation, John Campbell
7. Experimental Approaches to Action, Wolfgang Prinz
8. Perception and Agency, Thomas Baldwin
9. Fractionating and the Intentional Control of Behaviour: A Neuropsychological Analysis, Glyn W. Humphreys and M. Jane Riddoch
10. Dual Control and the Causal Theory of Action: The Case of Non-intentional Action, Josef Perner
11. The Development of Young Children's Action Control and Awareness, Douglas Frye and Philip David Zelazo
12. Children's Action Control and Awareness: Comment on Frye and Zelazo, Jennifer Hornsby
13. The Development of Self-Consciousness, Michael Lewis
14. Perceiving Intentions, Joelle Proust
15. The Sense of Ownership: An Analogy between Sensation and Action, Jerome Dokic
16. The Epistemology of Physical Action, Brian O'Shaughnessy
17. On Knowing One's Own Actions, Lucy O'Brien
18. Intentional Action and Self-Awareness, Johannes Roessler

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