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Voluntary Action: Brains, Minds, and Sociality / Edition 2
     

Voluntary Action: Brains, Minds, and Sociality / Edition 2

by Sabine Maasen, Gerhard Roth, Wolfgang Prinz
 

ISBN-10: 0198527543

ISBN-13: 9780198527541

Pub. Date: 06/01/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

We all know what a voluntary action is—we all think we know when an action is voluntary, and when it is not. First, there has to be some wish or goal, then an action designed to fulfill that wish or attain that goal. This standard view of voluntary action is prominent in both folk psychology and the professional sphere (e.g., the juridical) and guides a great

Overview

We all know what a voluntary action is—we all think we know when an action is voluntary, and when it is not. First, there has to be some wish or goal, then an action designed to fulfill that wish or attain that goal. This standard view of voluntary action is prominent in both folk psychology and the professional sphere (e.g., the juridical) and guides a great deal of psychological and philosophical reasoning. But is it that simple though? For example, research from the neurosciences has shown us that the brain activation required to perform the action can actually precede the brain activation representing our conscious desire to perform that action. Only in retrospect do we come to attribute the action we performed to some desire or wish to perform the action.

This presents us with a problem- -if our conscious awareness of an action follows its execution, then is it really a voluntary action?

The question guiding this book is: What is the explanatory role of voluntary action and, are there ways that we can reconcile our common-sense intuitions about voluntary actions, with the findings from the sciences?

This is a debate that crosses the boundaries of Philosophy, Neuroscience, Psychology and Social Science. This book brings together some of the leading thinkers from these disciplines to consider this deep and often puzzling topic. The result is a fascinating and stimulating debate that will challenge our fundamental assumptions about our sense of free-will.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198527541
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/01/2003
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

General Introduction Voluntary Action: An Issue at the Interface of Nature & Culture, Sabine Maasen, Wolfgang Prinz and Gerhard Roth.
Between Motivation and Control: Psychological Accounts of Voluntary Action, Wolfgang Prinz
How Do We Know About Our Own Actions?, Wolfgang Prinz
Acquisition and Control of Voluntary Action, Bernhard Hommel
5. Voluntary Action and Cognitive Control from a Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective, Thomas Goschke
6. Voluntary Action from the Perspective of Social-Personality Psychology, Ute Bayer, Peter M Gollwitzer & Melissa Ferguson
7. The Interaction between Cortex and Basal Ganglia in the Control of Voluntary Actions, Gerhard Roth
8. How Do We Control Action?, Rudiger Seitz
9. Self-Generated Actions, Marc Jeannerod
10. Between Epiphenomenalism and Rationality: Philosophical Acounts of Voluntary Action, Tilmann Vierkant
11. Mental Causation: The Supervenience Argument and the Proportionality Constraint, Jurgen Schroder
12. The Explanatory Role of Consciousness in Action, Naomi Eilan
12. How Voluntary are Minmal Actions?, Joelle Proust
13. Rational and Irrational Intentions: An Argument for Externalism, Wilhelm Vossenkuhl
14. Between the Normative and the Symbolic: Juridial and Anthropological Accounts of Volition, Sabine Maasen
15. First-Person Understanding of Action in Criminal Law, Bjorn Burkhardt
16. Voluntary Action and Criminal Responsibility, Klaus Gunther
17. Culture and Human Development in a Theory of Action Beliefs, Charles W Nuckolls
18. Questioning the Multidisciplinary Field

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