Free Will, Causality, and Neuroscience

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Neuroscientists often consider free will to be an illusion. Contrary to this hypothesis, the contributions to this volume show that recent developments in neuroscience can also support the existence of free will. Firstly, the possibility of intentional consciousness is studied. Secondly, Libet’s experiments are discussed from this new perspective. Thirdly, the relationship between free will, causality and language is analyzed. This approach suggests that language grants the human brain a possibility to articulate a meaningful personal life. Therefore, human beings can escape strict biological determinism.
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Biographical Note

Bernard Feltz, MD in Biology (1976) and PhD in Philosophy (1986), is Emeritus Professor at the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. He has published many articles and books on the philosophy of biology, including Self-Organization and Emergence in Life Sciences (Springer, 2006).

Marcus Missal obtained a PhD in Sciences in 1994 from the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. His areas of interest are anticipation and temporal preparation in gaze orientation in health and disease.

Andrew Sims is a philosopher of mind. He is the author of over 10 articles, book chapters, and reference works on topics ranging from the psychogenic explanation of monomania to the explanation of social polarisation in terms of rational choice theory. He is currently retraining in software development, but continues to write on these topics on an ad-hoc basis.

Readership

All interested in the philosophy of sciences, in the philosophy of mind, in the philosophy of langage, in the cognitive sciences, in anthropology, and anyone interested by the question of the relation between brain and free will.

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