Picture of Volition as Cognitive Self-Regulation (Booklet)

Volition as Cognitive Self-Regulation (Booklet)

By Harry Binswanger


What is the nature of free will? In this superbly written essay, Dr. Binswanger examines the biological function of consciousness, as he shows how the distinctive nature of man calls for the deliberate, volitional turning on of one's consciousness. To focus, he writes, is "to take charge of one's mind and enforce a cognitive purpose." The author provides enlightening discussions of: why volition cannot, and need not, be proved; free will as pertaining to action, rather than the content, of consciousness; and volition and causality.

(Booklet; 31 pages)