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p. 826. Conscious willlocked

  • Susan Blackmore

Abstract

Do we have free will? ‘Conscious will’ considers this question and shows that the issue raises strong feelings because freedom implies responsibility. Part of the problem lies with determinism, which some philosophers accept is incompatible with free will. They argue that either determinism is false or free will must be an illusion. The timing of conscious acts, using the experiments of Benjamin Libet, and psychologist Daniel Wegner's theories on the illusion of conscious will are discussed. Even if free will is an illusion, it is a very powerful illusion and so the feeling of being free carries on, even for people who no longer believe it is true.

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