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Alfred R. Mele
Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL 32306-0001)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2007 – 7/31/2008

Intentions in Action: Action Theory and Action Science

Scientists have made some striking claims about action: e.g., that your brain decides to initiate actions about a third of a second before you are aware of this, that the remaining window of opportunity for free will is about 100 milliseconds, and that conscious intentions play no role in producing actions. These scientists focus on proximal decisions and intentions (decisions and intentions for present action). My proposed book will develop an empirically informed account of the roles played by proximal decisions and intentions in producing actions and show where these scientists go wrong. They have an under-developed conceptual framework for the questions they are pursuing, and some data count strongly against their conclusions.