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The Sort of Free Will That Wegner

The Sort of Free Will That Wegner

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Free WillThe sort of free will that Wegner supports is the free will that dictates that an “agent” hasthe ability to affect, or cause, an event. The ability to mentally conceive an action, perform theaction, and subsequently feel or accept a sense of moral responsibility for said action is,according to Wegner, related to the consistency, priority, and exclusivity of the thought about theaction prior to the actual performance of the action. But by proposing the simple idea that wehave some sort of internal regulatory control; be it guilt, conscience, or “moral responsibility”could only insinuate that we have the freedom to choose to control or not control ourselves.With self regulation in place we then have the ability to choose our actions based on the controlschema.By utilizing an example involving random and “uncontrolled” body movement, Wegner attempts to call into question the true “illusory” nature of our control. But as our consciousmental states are dependent upon our neural network, according to identity theorists such asPeter Carruthers, we can only assume that our limited understanding of what is truly going oninside of the brain is attributed to a misinterpretation of the movement. We can call some of them disease and others syndromes, but it could have the possibility of the mental exertion of free will. Some people who are limited in the control over themselves, and their minds, exhibittrue free will be allowing themselves to have no control over their mind, or the actions that itinduces the body to perform, it simply does the actions without a pre-cognition of the actionitself.Finally by considering the idea of free will, and the lack of understanding of the natural processes as magical, we can only assume that his idea of personal identity is supported by the

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