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Conscious Will and ResponsibilityA Tribute to Benjamin Libet$
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Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Lynn Nadel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195381641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381641.001.0001

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Criminal and Moral Responsibility and the Libet Experiments

Criminal and Moral Responsibility and the Libet Experiments

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(p.204) Chapter 17 Criminal and Moral Responsibility and the Libet Experiments
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Larry Alexander (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381641.003.0018

This chapter analyzes how Libet's experiments bear on criminal and moral responsibility. More specifically, it addresses the question of whether Libet has demonstrated that the consciously willed bodily movement, the centerpiece of our notions of criminal and moral responsibility, is an illusion. It suggests that the gatekeeper role for conscious will, which Libet allows, does not require any revision of traditional notions of moral and criminal responsibility.

Keywords:   criminal law, voluntary acts, Benjamin Libet, conscious will, criminal responsibility

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