The 3rd edition of Theoretical Issues in Psychology provides an authoritative overview of the conceptual issues in psychology which introduces the underlying philosophies that underpin them. It includes new insights across the philosophy of science combined with increased psychological coverage to show clearly how these two communities interrelate, ensuring an integrative understanding of the fundamental debates and how they link to your wider studies.
Chapter 10: Consciousness and Free Will
Consciousness and Free Will
PREVIEW As we have seen throughout this book, cognitive scientists equipped with powerful theories and ideas from philosophy, linguistics, biology and neurology have tried very hard to demonstrate that we now have less and less reason to accept an essentially autonomous mental domain detached from the world of material phenomena. Their conviction is that cognitive, mental or psychological functions such as thinking, perceiving, remembering, talking, loving, hoping, intending, acting, etc. have to be the outcome of (or are the same as) material processes. Just as it can be assumed that life has once been developed out of non-living material, it must be possible to establish scientifically that the human mind is the result of natural evolution. This ...