Distributed Cognition and the Will: Individual Volition and Social Context

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Recent scientific findings about human decision making would seem to threaten the traditional concept of the individual conscious will. The will is threatened from "below"
by the discovery that our apparently spontaneous actions are actually controlled and initiated from below the level of our conscious awareness, and from "above" by the recognition that we adapt our actions according to social dynamics of ...

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Overview

Recent scientific findings about human decision making would seem to threaten the traditional concept of the individual conscious will. The will is threatened from "below"
by the discovery that our apparently spontaneous actions are actually controlled and initiated from below the level of our conscious awareness, and from "above" by the recognition that we adapt our actions according to social dynamics of which we are seldom aware. In Distributed
Cognition and the Will
, leading philosophers and behavioral scientists consider how much,
if anything, of the traditional concept of the individual conscious will survives these discoveries,
and they assess the implications for our sense of freedom and responsibility. The contributors all take science seriously, and they are inspired by the idea that apparent threats to the cogency of the idea of will might instead become the basis of its reemergence as a scientific subject. They consider macro-scale issues of society and culture, the micro-scale dynamics of the mind/brain, and connections between macro-scale and micro-scale phenomena in the self-guidance and self-regulation of personal behavior.

Contributors: George Ainslie, Wayne Christensen, Andy Clark,
Paul Sheldon Davies, Daniel C. Dennett, Lawrence A. Lengbeyer, Dan Lloyd, Philip Pettit, Don Ross,
Tamler Sommers, Betsy Sparrow, Mariam Thalos, Jeffrey B. Vancouver, Daniel M. Wegner, Tadeusz W.
ZawidzkiDon Ross is Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Finance, Economics, and Quantitative
Methods at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Professor of Economics at the University of
Cape Town, South Africa. David Spurrett is Professor of Philosophy at the Howard College Campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Harold Kincaid is Professor and Chair of the
Department of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Ethics and Values in the Sciences at the
University of Alabama at Birmingham. G. Lynn Stephens is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The MIT Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262681698
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2007
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Ross is Professor of Economics and Dean of Commerce at the University of Cape Town, and
Research Fellow in the Center for Economic Analysis of Risk at Georgia State University.. He is the author of Economic Theory and Cognitive Science: Microexplanation (MIT Press,
2005), companion volume to Midbrain Mutiny.

David Spurrett is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Cognitive Science Program at the
Howard College Campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Harold Kincaid is Professor in the School of Economics and Director of the Research Unit in
Behavioural Economics and Neuroeconomics at the University of Cape Town. He is the coeditor of
Distributed Cognition and the Will: Individual Volition and Social Context and
What Is Addiction? (both published by the MIT Press).

Don Ross is Professor of Economics and Dean of Commerce at the University of Cape Town, and
Research Fellow in the Center for Economic Analysis of Risk at Georgia State University.. He is the author of Economic Theory and Cognitive Science: Microexplanation (MIT Press,
2005), companion volume to Midbrain Mutiny.

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Table of Contents


Contributors     vii
Introduction: Science Catches the Will   Don Ross     1
The Puzzie of Coaction   Daniel M. Wegner   Betsy Sparrow     17
What Kind of Agent Are We? A Naturalistic Framework for the Study of Human Agency   Paul Sheldon Davies     39
The Illusion of Freedom Evolves   Tamier Sommers     61
Neuroscience and Agent-Control   Philip Pettit     77
My Body Has a Mind of Its Own   Daniel C. Dennett     93
Soft Selves and Ecological Control   Andy Clark     101
The Sources of Behavior: Toward a Naturalistic, Control Account of Agency   Mariam Thalos     123
Thought Experiments That Explore Where Controlled Experiments Can't: The Example of Will   George Ainslie     169
The Economic and Evolutionary Basis of Selves   Don Ross     197
Situated Cognition: The Perspect Model   Lawrence Lengbeyer     227
The Evolutionary Origins of Volition   Wayne Christensen     255
What Determines the Self in Self-Regulation? Applied Psychology's Struggle with Will   Jeffrey B. Vancouver   Tadeusz W. Zawidzki     289
Civil Schizophrenia   Dan Lloyd     323
Index     349
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