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Surrounding Free WillPhilosophy, Psychology, Neuroscience$
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Alfred R. Mele

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199333950

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333950.001.0001

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Naturalizing Free Will

Naturalizing Free Will

Paths and Pitfalls

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(p.123) 7 Naturalizing Free Will
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Surrounding Free Will
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Myrto I. Mylopoulos

Hakwan Lau

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333950.003.0007

Investigations into the nature of free will have traditionally proceeded on largely theoretical and conceptual grounds. But in recent years, a research program has emerged that aims to develop, refine, and evaluate theories of free will by appeal to methods and data from the natural and social sciences: the Naturalizing Free Will Program (NFWP). This chapter is a critical survey of three of the main implementations of the NFWP: (1) the Phenomenological Program, which seeks to accurately describe the phenomenology of free will using the methods of psychology, (2) the Intuitionist Program, which uses the methods of social psychology to systematically investigate folk intuitions surrounding free will, and (3) the Cognitive Psychology/Neuroscience Program, which aims to evaluate theories of free will by appeal to the results and theories of cognitive psychology and neuroscience.

Keywords:   cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, experimental philosophy, free will, folk intuitions, naturalism, phenomenology

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