Philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists, and psychiatrists
examine the will and its pathologies from theoretical and empirical
perspectives, offering a conceptual overview and discussing
schizophrenia, depression, prefrontal lobe damage, and substance
abuse as disorders of volition. Science tries to understand human
action from two perspectives, the cognitive and the volitional. The
volitional approach, in contrast to the more dominant "outside-in"
studies of cognition, looks at actions from the inside out,
examining how actions are formed and informed by internal
conditions. In Disorders of Volition, scholars from a range of
disciplines seek to advance our understanding of the processes
supporting voluntary action by addressing conditions in which the
will is impaired. Philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists, and
psychiatrists examine the will and its pathologies from both
theoretical and empirical perspectives, offering a conceptual
overview and discussing specific neurological and psychiatric
conditions as disorders of volition.After presenting different
conceptual frameworks that identify agency, decision making, and
goal pursuit as central components of volition, the book examines
how impairments in these and other aspects of volition manifest
themselves in schizophrenia, depression, prefrontal lobe damage,
and substance abuse. Contributors George Ainslie, Tim Bayne,
Antoine Bechara, Paul W. Burgess, Anna-Lisa Cohen, Daniel Dennett,
Stephanie Dubal, Philippe Fossati, Chris Frith, Sam J. Gilbert,
Peter Gollwitzer, Jordan Grafman, Patrick Haggard, Jay G. Hull,
Marc Jeannerod, Roland Jouvent, Frank Krueger, Neil Levy, Peter F.
Liddle, Kristen L. Mackiewitz, Thomas Metzinger, Jack B. Nitschke,
Jiro Okuda, Adrian M. Owen, Chris Parry, Wolfgang Prinz, Joelle
Proust, Michael A. Sayette, Werner X. Schneider, Natalie Sebanz,
Jon S. Simons, Laurie B. Slone, Sean A. Spence
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