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The Illusion of Conscious Will

Daniel M. Wegner


Do we consciously cause our actions, or do they happen to us? Philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists, theologians, and lawyers have long debated the existence of free will versus determinism. The first edition of this book proposed an innovative and provocative answer: the feeling of conscious will is created by the mind and brain; it helps us to appreciate and remember our authorship of the things our minds and bodies do. Yes, we feel that we consciously will our actions, the book says, but at the same time, our actions happen to us. Although conscious will is an illusion (“the most com ... More

Keywords: conscious actions, free will, determinism, conscious will, responsibility, morality, hypnosis, dissociative identity disorder, Ouija board

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262534925
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262534925.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel M. Wegner, author