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The Neural Basis of Free Will
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The Neural Basis of Free Will: Criterial Causation

Peter Ulric Tse


The issues of mental causation, consciousness, and free will have vexed philosophers since Plato. This book examines these unresolved issues from a neuroscientific perspective. In contrast with philosophers who use logic rather than data to argue whether mental causation or consciousness can exist given unproven first assumptions, the book proposes that we instead listen to what neurons have to say. Because the brain must already embody a solution to the mind-body problem, why not focus on how the brain actually realizes mental causation? The book draws on recent neuroscientific data concernin ... More

Keywords: mental causation, consciousness, free will, neurons, informational causation, physical causation, NMDA receptors, synapses, dendrites, neuronal circuits

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780262019101
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019101.001.0001


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Peter Ulric Tse, author

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