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ISBN-13: 978-0199764686
ISBN-10: 0199764689
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"Effective Intentions is indisputably the most careful and sophisticated discussion to date of the relevance of neuroscience for our understanding of willing, and especially, whether that willing is free or conscious. It is necessary reading for anyone interested in the neuroscience of agency and free will, and it deserves to be widely read by both philosophers and neuroscientists."--Manuel Vargas, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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Alfred R. Mele is William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University.


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (November 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199764689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199764686
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,413,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter Clarke on September 5, 2012
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Considerable media attention has recently been devoted to attacks on the power of conscious will based on the neurophysiological experiments of Benjamin Libet and the psychological observations of Daniel Wegner. The "willusionists", as they have been dubbed by philosopher Eddy Nahmias, argue that conscious will has no causal power, but is merely an illusory impression constructed after the event.

Alfred Mele is a philosopher specializing in free will, who is well informed about the neurophysiological and psychological literature. In this book he convincingly refutes the claims of the willusionists, showing that their most striking claims depend on naïve conceptions of free will and human agency. His focus is mainly philosophical, but he does also address difficulties at the level of the scientific experiments.

This is an important contribution to the debate. It is not light bedtime reading for the casual reader, but will repay serious study.
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