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Mele, Alfred R. 1951-

Overview
Works: 37 works in 337 publications in 3 languages and 13,470 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  Miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: B105.A35, 128.4
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Most widely held works about Alfred R Mele
 
Most widely held works by Alfred R Mele
Irrationality : an essay on akrasia, self-deception, and self-control by Alfred R Mele( Book )

26 editions published between 1987 and 1993 in English and held by 635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Mental causation( Book )

23 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and Italian and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Common sense and philosophical tradition agree that mind makes a difference. What we do depends not only on how our bodies are put together, but also on what we think. Explaining how mind can make a difference has proved challenging, however. Some have urged that the project faces an insurmountable dilemma: either we concede that mentalistic explanations of behaviour have only a pragmatic standing, or we abandon our conception of the physical domain as causally autonomous. Although each option has its advocates, most theorists have sought a middle way that accommodates both the common-sense view of mind and the metaphysical conviction about the physical world." "This volume presents a collection of new, specially written essays by a diverse group of philosophers, each of whom is widely known for defending a particular conception of minds and their place in nature."--Jacket
The Oxford handbook of rationality by Alfred R Mele( Book )

26 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rationality has long been a central topic in philosophy crossing standard divisions and categories. 'The Oxford Handbook of Rationality' is a reference to the current state of play in this vital and interdisciplinary area of study
Autonomous agents : from self-control to autonomy by Alfred R Mele( Book )

29 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book addresses the related topics of self-control and individual autonomy. "Self-control" is defined as the opposite of akrasia - weakness of will. The study of self-control seeks first to understand the concept on its own terms, and its bearing on one's actions, beliefs, emotions, and personal values. It goes on to consider how a proper understanding of self-control and its manifestations can shed light on personal autonomy and autonomous behavior
Free will and luck by Alfred R Mele( Book )

26 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Luck poses problems for all believers in free will, and Mele offers novel solutions to those problems - one for incompatibilist believers in free will and the other for compatibilists. An early chapter of this empirically well-informed book clearly explains influential neuroscientific studies of free will and debunks some extravagant interpretations of the data. Other featured topics include abilities and alternative possibilities, control and decision-making, the bearing of manipulation on free will, and the development of human infants into free agents. Mele's theory offers an original perspective on an important problem and will garner the attention of anyone interested in the debate on free will."--Jacket
Springs of action : understanding intentional behavior by Alfred R Mele( Book )

20 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tackling some central problems in the philosophy of action, Mele constructs an explanatory model for intentional behavior, locating the place and significance of such mental phenomena as beliefs, desires, reasons, and intentions in the etiology of intentional action. In the first part, Mele illuminates the connection between desire and action and defends detailed characterizations of irresistible desires and reasons for action. Mele argues for the viability of a causal approach to the explanation of intentional action in terms of psychological states and events, paying special attention to recent worries about the causal relevance of the mental. In Part Two, Mele goes on to develop a subtle and well-defended view that the motivational role of intentions is of a different sort from that of beliefs and desires. Mele's account, based largely on a careful study of the functions of intentions, presents intentions as states irreducible to collections of beliefs and desires which hinge on their executive and representational features. Springs of Action will be of interest not only to philosophers of action, but also to those interested in the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and ethics
Motivation and agency by Alfred R Mele( Book )

26 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is motivation, and what is its place in the lives of intelligent agents? This is Mele's guiding question. His search for an answer is sensitive to the theoretical concerns of philosophers of mind and action and moral philosophers, and is informed by empirical work in psychology
Effective intentions : the power of conscious will by Alfred R Mele( Book )

21 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Do your intentions have no effect on your actions? Is free will an illusion? Some scientists say yes. Alfred Mele shows that these claims are not justified by the data and that there is weighty evidence of the existence of effective conscious intentions or the power of conscious will
The philosophy of action( Book )

16 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume offers a selection of some of the best, most influential, and most accessible essays on the major contemporary issues in the philosophy of action. Topics addressed include intention, reasons for action, and the nature and explanation of intentional action. The contributors are all major figures in this area
Free will and consciousness : how might they work?( Book )

13 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume is aimed at readers who wish to move beyond debates about the existence of free will and the efficacy of consciousness and closer to appreciating how free will and consciousness might operate. It draws from philosophy and psychology, the two fields that have grappled most fundamentally with these issues: In this wide-ranging volume, the contributors explore such issues as how free will is connected to rational choice, planning, and self-control; roles for consciousness in decision making; the nature and power of conscious deciding; connections among free will, consciousness, and quantum mechanics; why free will and consciousness might have evolved; how consciousness develops in individuals; the experience of free will; effects on behavior of the belief that free will is an illusion; and connections between free will and moral responsibility in lay thinking. Collectively, these state-of-the-art chapters by accomplished psychologists and philosophers provide a glimpse into the future of research on free will and consciousness." "Roy F. "Free will" Baumeister, a social, psychologist, is a reformed zombie with free will but no consciousness. He has over 400 publications and loves french fries." "Alfred R. "Zombie Magnet" Mele, a philosopher, is hyper-conscious and absolutely free. He would like to try out being a zombie for a day, as long as Vohs and Baumeister make sure he doesn't get into any trouble. People say he has been too productive for his own good." "Kathleen D. "Determinism" Vohs, a professor, of marketing, has surfed the multiverse with consciousness but no free will. She won the SAGE Young Scholar Award from Society of Personality and Social Psychology and the International Society for Self and Identity Early Career Award, for which she takes no credit because she has no free will. She is lactose intolerant."--Jacket
Self-deception unmasked by Alfred R Mele( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Backsliding : understanding weakness of will by Alfred R Mele( Book )

17 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

People backslide. They freely do things they believe it would be best on the whole not to do - and best from their own point of view, not just the perspective of their peers or their parents. The aim of this book is to explain why that happens
Surrounding free will : philosophy, psychology, neuroscience( Book )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume showcases cutting-edge scholarship from The Big Questions in Free Will project, funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and directed by Alfred R. Mele. It explores the subject of free will from the perspectives of neuroscience; social, cognitive, and developmental psychology; and philosophy (both traditional and experimental). The volume consists of fourteen new articles and an introduction from top-ranked contributors, all of whom bring fresh perspectives to the question of free will. They investigate questions such as: How do children conceive of free will and how does their concept of free will develop? How does lowered or raised confidence in the existence of free will affect our behavior? What modifies our power to resist temptation? What do lay folk mean by free will? What brain processes underlie decisions? How does the conscious experience of voluntary action contribute to the neural control of behavior? What are the neural differences between deliberate choosing and arbitrary picking? How do neuroscientific studies of decision making in monkeys bear on human free will? Is determinism compatible with free will? What can a proper understanding of causation tell us about free will? What is moral responsibility? Readers interested in the current and future direction of scholarship on free will find this volume essential reading."
Free : why science hasn't disproved free will by Alfred R Mele( Book )

13 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Does free will exist? The question has fueled heated debates spanning from philosophy to psychology and religion. The answer has major implications, and the stakes are high. To put it in the simple terms that have come to dominate these debates, if we are free to make our own decisions, we are accountable for what we do, and if we aren't free, we're off the hook. There are neuroscientists who claim that our decisions are made unconsciously and are therefore outside of our control and social psychologists who argue that myriad imperceptible factors influence even our minor decisions to the extent that there is no room for free will. According to philosopher Alfred R. Mele, what they point to as hard and fast evidence that free will cannot exist actually leaves much room for doubt. If we look more closely at the major experiments that free will deniers cite, we can see large gaps where the light of possibility shines through. In Free: Why Science Hasn't Disproved Free Will, Mele lays out his opponents' experiments simply and clearly, and proceeds to debunk their supposed findings, one by one, explaining how the experiments don't provide the solid evidence for which they have been touted. There is powerful evidence that conscious decisions play an important role in our lives, and knowledge about situational influences can allow people to respond to those influences rationally rather than with blind obedience. Mele also explores the meaning and ramifications of free will. What, exactly, does it mean to have free will -- is it a state of our soul, or an undefinable openness to alternative decisions? Is it something natural and practical that is closely tied to moral responsibility? Since evidence suggests that denying the existence of free will actually encourages bad behavior, we have a duty to give it a fair chance"--
Rationality and the good : critical essays on the ethics and epistemology of Robert Audi by Mark Timmons( Book )

12 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The contributors to this volume were invited to present their papers at a symposium on the philosophy of Robert Audi held at the University of Notre Dame in April 2005
A dialogue on free will and science by Alfred R Mele( Book )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Dialogue on Free Will and Science is a brief and intriguing book discussing the scientific challenges of free will. Presented through a dialogue, the format allows ideas to emerge and be clarified and then evaluated in a natural way. Engaging and accessible, it offers students a compelling look at free will and science
Self-deception unmasked by Alfred R Mele( Book )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Self-deception raises complex questions about the nature of belief and the structure of the human mind. In this book, Alfred Mele addresses four of the most critical of these questions: What is it to deceive oneself? How do we deceive ourselves? Why do we deceive ourselves? Is self-deception really possible? Drawing on cutting-edge empirical research on everyday reasoning and biases, Mele takes issue with commonplace attempts to equate the processes of self-deception with those of stereotypical interpersonal deception. Such attempts, he demonstrates, are fundamentally misguided, particularly in the assumption that self-deception is intentional. In their place, Mele proposes a compelling, empirically informed account of the motivational causes of biased beliefs. At the heart of this theory is an appreciation of how emotion and motivation may, without our knowing it, bias our assessment of evidence for beliefs. Highlighting motivation and emotion, Mele develops a pair of approaches for explaining the two forms of self-deception: the "straight" form, in which we believe what we want to be true, and the "twisted" form, in which we believe what we wish to be false. Underlying Mele's work is an abiding interest in understanding and explaining the behavior of real human beings. The result is a comprehensive, elegant, empirically grounded theory of everyday self-deception that should engage philosophers and social scientists alike
Aristotle's theory of human motivation by Alfred R Mele( )

6 editions published between 1979 and 1985 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consciousness and free action : how might they work?( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""The psychological research discussed in these essays on the relation of free will and consciousness is fascinating and cutting-edge, and the philosophical discussions of it break new ground. The result is rewarding reading for anyone interested in these two central philosophical problem."--Robert Kane, University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy, The University of Texas at Austin" ""This volume of essays vividly displays the increased depth and fruitfulness of recent interaction among psychologists, neuroscientists, and philosophers on the nature of conscious will. The conversational character is enhanced by postscripts recording the author's replies to a range of queries raised by other contributors. This volume is an excellent entry point into an exciting, rapidly intensifying interdisciplinary research program."-Tim O'Connor, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, Indiana University" ""Against the backdrop of widespread claims 'that neuroscience and psychology are showing that free will is an illusion and consciousness is epiphenomenal, the contributors to this volume offer important alternative perspectives. They demonstrate that careful philosophical analysis of what free will and consciousness are can open the door to fruitful psychological research on what free will and consciousness do, and how they do it. It is way too early in the game to declare that free will and consciousness are (or are not) mere causal byproducts. For anyone who wants to get in on the game, this book is a must read."-Eddy Nahmias, Associate Professor, Philosophy Department and the Neuroscience Institute, Georgia State University" "This volume is aimed at readers who wish to move beyond debates about the existence of free will and the efficacy of consciousness and closer to appreciating how free will and consciousness might operate. It draws from philosophy and psychology, the two fields that have grappled most fundamentally with these issues: In this wide-ranging volume, the contributors explore such issues as how free will is connected to rational choice, planning, and self-control; roles for consciousness in decision making; the nature and power of conscious deciding; connections among free will, consciousness, and quantum mechanics; why free will and consciousness might have evolved; how consciousness develops in individuals; the experience of free will; effects on behavior of the belief that free will is an illusion; and connections between free will and moral responsibility in lay thinking. Collectively, these state-of-the-art chapters by accomplished psychologists and philosophers provide a glimpse into the future of research on free will and consciousness." "Roy F. "Free will" Baumeister, a social, psychologist, is a reformed zombie with free will but no consciousness. He has over 400 publications and loves french fries." "Alfred R. "Zombie Magnet" Mele, a philosopher, is hyper-conscious and absolutely free. He would like to try out being a zombie for a day, as long as Vohs and Baumeister make sure he doesn't get into any trouble. People say he has been too productive for his own good." "Kathleen D. "Determinism" Vohs, a professor, of marketing, has surfed the multiverse with consciousness but no free will. She won the SAGE Young Scholar Award from Society of Personality and Social Psychology and the International Society for Self and Identity Early Career Award, for which she takes no credit because she has no free will. She is lactose intolerant."--Jacket
Aspects of agency : decisions, abilities, explanations, and free will by Alfred R Mele( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mele develops a view of paradigmatically free actions--including decisions--as indeterministically caused by their proximal causes. He mounts a masterful defense of this thesis that includes solutions to problems about luck and control widely discussed in the literature on free will and moral responsibility
 
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Irrationality : an essay on akrasia, self-deception, and self-control
Alternative Names
Alfred Mele American philosopher

Alfred Mele Amerikaans filosoof

Alfred Mele filósofo estadounidense

Alfred Mele US-amerikanischer Philosoph

Mele, Alfred

Mele, Alfred 1951-

Mele, Alfred R.

Mele, Alfred Remen 1951-

Languages
English (313)

Spanish (3)

Italian (1)

Covers
Mental causationThe Oxford handbook of rationalityAutonomous agents : from self-control to autonomyFree will and luckSprings of action : understanding intentional behaviorMotivation and agencyEffective intentions : the power of conscious willThe philosophy of action