How does the absence of a consensus about the neural basis of consciousness and volition affect theorizing about conscious volition?

Amber Hopkins, Liad Mudrik, Uri Maoz

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This chapter introduces the neuroscientific study of consciousness, volition, and conscious volition, discussing the lack of consensus and other obstacles neuroscientists face in identifying their neural bases. It describes how theoretical frameworks and philosophical work come into play toward this end. The chapter also discusses the importance of collaboration between neuroscientists and philosophers, zooming out and reflecting on differences between progress in philosophy and progress in neuroscience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFree Will
Subtitle of host publicationPhilosophers and Neuroscientists in Conversation
EditorsUri Maoz, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780197572153
StatePublished - 2022


  • consensus
  • consciousness
  • volition
  • neuroscience
  • philosophy
  • progress
  • theory
  • framework

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