Abstract: I will discuss some alleged evidence (from Libet, for example) that conscious intentions never play a role in producing corresponding actions and some alleged evidence (from studies of implementation intentions) that they sometimes do play this role. I then take up the question whether conscious reasoning ever plays a role in the production of intentions and actions. I set the stage for my discussion by rehearsing a familiar scientific argument for the claim that free will is an illusion.
Mele: Intentional action: Controversies, data, and core hypotheses
Mele/Cushman: Intentional Action, Folk Judgments, and Stories: Sorting Things Out
Mele: Effective Intentions (Oxford University Press, 2009) chapters 3, 4, and 7 http://bit.ly/MeleFreeWill
Mele: Free will: Action theory meets neuroscience
Mele: Real Self-Deception http://cogprints.org/295/1/MELE.html