Before You Know It

Edited by Shaun Gallager

in How the Body Shapes the Mind

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780199271948
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603112 | DOI:
 Before You Know It

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This concluding chapter addresses the important issue of free will, and then provides a summary statement of what this book has accomplished. Reviewing recent experimental work on motor control and some well-known claims about the illusory nature of free will, it argues that experiments conducted by Libet and others, from which theoretical conclusions concerning free will are drawn, are conducted at a level of analysis that is irrelevant to the concept of free will. Although they suggest some important insights about body-schematic motor control, they have nothing to tell us about the exercise free will. In conclusion, this book is an attempt to develop a vocabulary or explanatory framework that helps us understand the details about how the body shapes the mind. This is a vocabulary that, on the one side, remains open to empirical scientific explanation, and on the other side, remains true to a phenomenological description of experience.

Keywords: free will; motor control; Libet

Chapter.  6090 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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