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Free: Why Science Hasn't Disproved Free Will

Alfred R. Mele

Abstract

Does free will exist? The question has fueled debates spanning from philosophy to psychology and religion. The answer has major implications, and the stakes are high. To put it in the simple terms that have come to dominate these debates, if we are free to make our own decisions, we are accountable for what we do, and if we aren't free, we're off the hook. There are neuroscientists who claim that our decisions are made unconsciously and are therefore outside of our control and social psychologists who argue that myriad imperceptible factors influence even our minor decisions to the extent that ... More

Keywords: free will, experiments, evidence, conscious decisions, obedience, religion, philosophy, psychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199371624
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199371624.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alfred R. Mele, author
Florida State University, William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy