Elisabeth Pacherie

in The Oxford Handbook of the Self

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199548019
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy


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This article explores the close relationship between self and agency. It provides a brief survey of recent models of how and where in the cognitive architecture the sense of agency is generated and argues that these models should be seen as complementary rather than as rivals. It proposes a more integrative model that acknowledges the contribution of multiple (higher and lower level) factors to a complex sense of agency, unified by the same principle: that the sense of agency on every level is based on comparisons between intended goal, predicted movement or action, and actual end states.

Keywords: self agency; cognitive architecture; intended goal; predicted action; actual end states

Article.  10615 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy ; Philosophy of Mind

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