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Are We Free?: Psychology and Free Will

John Baer, James C. Kaufman, and Roy F. Baumeister


Do people have free will, or is universal belief an illusion? If free will is more than an illusion, what kind of free will do people have? How can free will influence behavior? Can free will be studied, verified, and understood scientifically? These are a few of the questions this book attempts to answer. People generally act as though they believe in their own free will: they don't feel like automatons, and they don't treat one another as they might treat robots. While acknowledging many constraints and influences on behavior, people nonetheless act as if they (and their neighbors) are large ... More

Keywords: consciousness, determinism, volition, unconscious, automaticity, intentionality, self-control, automatic processes, controlled processes, self-determination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195189636
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189636.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Baer, editor
Rider University

James C. Kaufman, editor
California State University

Roy F. Baumeister, editor
Florida State University

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