[ExI] agency-based personal identity

Thomas thomas at thomasoliver.net
Thu Jun 28 08:25:25 UTC 2007

Gordon wrote:

> [...] Most of what we will is willed unconsciously. [...]

It sounds to me like this phenomenal will you speak of means about  
the the same thing as when Jef cites predetermined [default] values  
as the most observable and necessary attributes of personhood.  I  
prefer Jef's way of expressing it because my meaning for will  
includes consciousness.  While we can function temporarily without  
self awareness activity in the superfrontal gyrus, (http:// 
selfawareness.html) I agree that "Self-awareness [is] regarded as a  
key element of being human."

So I guess I agree that will is essential to personhood, but not the  
way you mean it.  -- Thomas

Thomas at ThomasOliver.net

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