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Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will$
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David Hodgson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199845309

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845309.001.0001

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Consciousness and Decision-Making

Consciousness and Decision-Making

(p.55) 4 Consciousness and Decision-Making
Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will

David Hodgson

Oxford University Press

In Chapter 4, I outline my views concerning conscious experiences, and I identify three distinguishing features of conscious processes that I contend contribute to decision-making, namely subjectivity, qualia and unity. I argue that consciousness must have a role to play in our decision-making, and that this role is not one that could be performed by rule-determined processes (if it were, consciousness would be a superfluity).

Keywords:   consciousness, dual aspect, subjectivity, qualia, unity, neural correlates, decision-making, conscious contribution

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