Yes, We Have Conscious Will

Publication Year:
2007
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3778
Author(s):
Sharlow, Mark
preprint description
In this paper I examine Daniel M. Wegner's line of argument against the causal efficacy of conscious will, as presented in Wegner's book "The Illusion of Conscious Will" (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2002). I argue that most of the evidence adduced in the book can be interpreted in ways that do not threaten the efficacy of conscious will. Also, I argue that Wegner's view of conscious will is not an empirical thesis, and that certain views of consciousness and the self are immune to Wegner's line of argument.