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

Notes on Contributors
1 Agency and Self-Awareness: Mechanisms and Epistemology 1
2 The Sense of Agency: Awareness and Ownership of Action 48
3 Action: Awareness, Ownership, and Knowledge 94
4 Conscious Awareness of Intention and of Action 111
5 Consciousness of Action and Self-Consciousness: A Cognitive Neuroscience Approach 128
6 The Role of Demonstratives in Action-Explanation 150
7 Experimental Approaches to Action 165
8 Perception and Agency 188
9 Fractionating the Intentional Control of Behaviour: A Neuropsychological Analysis 201
10 Dual Control and the Causal Theory of Action: The Case of Non-intentional Action 218
11 The Development of Young Children's Action Control and Awareness 244
12 Children's Action Control and Awareness: Comment on Frye and Zelazo 263
13 The Development of Self-Consciousness 275
14 Perceiving Intentions 296
15 The Sense of Ownership: An Analogy between Sensation and Action 321
16 The Epistemology of Physical Action 345
17 On Knowing One's Own Actions 358
18 Intentional Action and Self-Awareness 383
Author Index 407
Subject Index 413
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