Making X Happen: Prolepsis and the Problem of Mental Determination

  • Jan Bransen
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 77)


When I enter my office, I do a great many things without paying any attention to the details of what I do and how I do it. I turn the key to unlock the door, turn on the light if necessary, put down my briefcase on a chair, and take off my coat. All these things I do quite automatically, without explicit consciousness. This is because long ago, or so we might put it, my body took over.


Design Problem Internal State Normative Constraint Timely Reinforcement Explicit Consciousness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Bransen
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUtrecht UniversityNetherlands

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