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Mark Wulff Carstensen

Mark Wulff Carstensen, M.A.

Short Biography:

Mark finished his Bachelor's (2015) and Master's (2017) in Philosophy at the University of Copenhagen, writing his thesis on the problem of causal deviance and the relation between intention and action. As a research assistant he was part of an interdisciplinary research group on the mechanisms of intentional actions directed by associate professor Thor Grünbaum (Dept. of Philosophy, UCPH) and professor Søren Kyllingsbæk (Dept. of Psychology, UCPH). Currently, Mark is a PhD fellow at the Graduate School of Systemic Neuroscience at LMU. Working at the intersection between philosophy, psychology and neuroscience his focus is on explanations of human agency and free will, in particular on the place and role of uncertainty and luck in these matters. More specifically he is working on the philosophical implications contemporary models of executive functions and cognitive control have with regards to our understanding of the nature of the will.

Research Interests:

Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Action, Nature of the Will, Free Will, Metacognition, Cognitive Neuroscience, Neurophilosophy, Sense of Agency, Rationality, Goal Directed Behaviour, Executive Control, Executive Functions, Control and Uncertainty.

Further Academic Interests:

Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Psychology, Social Cognition, Weakness of the Will, Neglect and Responsibility.

Topic of Thesis:
"Indeterminism, control and free will"
Core question - "How do probabilistic uncertainties in the mechanisms of intentional action affect our understanding of the freedom of the will?"

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ophelia Deroy

Key words: Free will, nature of the will, agency, volition, autonomy, neurophilosophy, emergence, metacognition, action control, intentional action, intention, reasons and causes, cognition, executive control, executive functions, cognitive control, control and uncertainty, problem of luck.