Free Will and Consciousness: How Might They Work?

Alfred R. Mele, Kathleen D Vohs, Roy F. Baumeister

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This volume is aimed at readers who wish to move beyond debates about the existence of free will and the efficacy of consciousness and closer to appreciating how free will and consciousness might operate. It draws from philosophy and psychology, the two fields that have grappled most fundamentally with these issues. In this wide-ranging volume, the contributors explore issues such as how free will is connected to rational choice, planning, and self-control; roles for consciousness in decision making; the nature and power of conscious deciding; connections among free will, consciousness, and quantum mechanics; why free will and consciousness might have evolved; how consciousness develops in individuals; the experience of free will; effects on behavior of the belief that free will is an illusion; and connections between free will and moral responsibility in lay thinking. Collectively, these state-of-the-art chapters by accomplished psychologists and philosophers provide a glimpse into the future of research on free will and consciousness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages240
ISBN (Electronic)9780199863341
ISBN (Print)019538976X, 9780195389760
StatePublished - Jun 10 2010


  • Choice
  • Consciousness
  • Culture
  • Free will
  • Intention
  • Language
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Rationality
  • Self-control


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