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Does Consciousness Cause Behavior?$
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Susan Pockett, William P. Banks, and Shaun Gallagher

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780262162371

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262162371.001.0001

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Toward a Dynamic Theory of Intentions

Toward a Dynamic Theory of Intentions

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(p.145) 8 Toward a Dynamic Theory of Intentions
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Does Consciousness Cause Behavior?
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Elisabeth Pacherie

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262162371.003.0009

This chapter outlines a dynamic theory of intentions and argues that several categories of intentions should be distinguished based on their different functional roles and the different types of contents they involve. It explains how understanding of the dynamic transitions among these different categories of intentions may elucidate the distinctive nature of actions and intentionality. It also claims that the experiments conducted by Benjamin Libet and Daniel Wegner fail to provide conclusive evidence that mental causation is generally illusory. Drawing on the causal theory of action, it also examines the phenomenology of action and of the role of conscious thought in the production of action. The chapter describes future-directed intentions, present-directed intentions, motor intentions, and the general dynamics of intentions before concluding with a discussion of conscious agency.

Keywords:   intentions, intentionality, Benjamin Libet, Daniel Wegner, mental causation, causal theory of action, phenomenology, action, conscious thought, conscious agency

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