Human Agency and Neural Causes: Philosophy of Action and the Neuroscience of Voluntary Agency

Human Agency and Neural Causes: Philosophy of Action and the Neuroscience of Voluntary Agency

by J. Runyan

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Human Agency and Neural Causes: Philosophy of Action and the Neuroscience of Voluntary Agency by J. Runyan

Human Agency and Neural Causes provides an analysis of our everyday thought about our conduct, and the neuroscience research concerning voluntary agency. J.D. Runyan argues that our findings through neuroscience are consistent with what would be expected if we are, in fact, voluntary agents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349460601
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 11/08/2013
Edition description: 1st ed. 2014
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

J. D. Runyan is Associate Professor of Neuropsychology at Indiana Wesleyan University, USA. He performed graduate research in neuroscience at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, USA, before completing a doctorate at the University of Oxford, UK. His research spans neuroscience, psychology, and philosophical psychology.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Libet-Style Experiments and Volitions 3. The Need for an Analysis of Human Agency 4. An Aristotelian Account of Human Agency 5. Compatibilist Concerns 6. Choices and Voluntary Conduct 7. Neuronal Mechanisms and Voluntary Conduct 8. A Metaphysical Framework: Voluntary Agency, Emergence and Downward Causation

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