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Alfred Mele

Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University

Alfred Remen Mele is an American philosopher and the William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. He is also the Director of the Philosophy and Science of Self-Control Project and past director of the Big Questions in Free Will Project (2010-2013). Mele is the author of eleven books and over 200 articles.

Mele attended Wayne State University and received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Michigan in 1979. He taught at Davidson College from 1979 until 2000, when he took up his present position at Florida State University.

Mele specializes in the philosophy of mind and action. While not taking a stand on the question whether free will is or is not compatible with determinism, Mele develops positive conceptions of how free will may be implemented from both “compatibilist” and “incompatibilist” perspectives. He also has argued that claims that scientists have proved that free will is an illusion are not credible. Mele is also known for his development of a causal theory of how intentional actions are produced and for his deflationary view of self-deception.

 


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Aspects of Agency: Decisions, Abilities, Explanations, and Free Will

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Backsliding: Understanding Weakness Of Will

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Effective Intentions: The Power of Conscious Will

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Free Will and Luck

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Free Will and Consciousness: How Might They Work?

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Self-Deception Unmasked

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The Philosophy of Action (Oxford Readings in Philosophy)

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Autonomous Agents: From Self-Control to Autonomy

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Motivation and Agency

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Irrationality: An Essay on Akrasia, Self-Deception, and Self-Control

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