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A variety of religious experience. William James and the non-reality of free will

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Abstract:

Free will does not exist, nor can it be explained, outside the confines of subjective experience. William James, whose talent for depicting subjective experience was equal to his brother Henry's, desperately wanted to believe in free will. But his introspections did not support it.

Keywords: Benoit; Jaynes; Krishnamurti; Libet; Non-reality of free will; Principles of Psychology; William James; bare attention; buddhist; determinacy; effort; indeterminism; meditation; quietism; readiness potential; stream of consciousness; volition; witnessing; zen

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 89 Scribner Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301, USA.

Publication date: January 1, 1999

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