Chaos and free will

Philosophical Psychology 8 (4):365-74 (1995)
This paper explores the possibility that chaos theory might be helpful in explaining free will. I will argue that chaos has little to offer if we construe its role as to resolve the apparent conflict between determinism and freedom. However, I contend that the fundamental problem of freedom is to find a way to preserve intuitions about rational action in a physical brain. New work on dynamic computation provides a framework for viewing free choice as a process that is sensitive and unpredictable, while at the same time organized and intelligent. I conclude that this vision of a chaotic brain may make a modest contribution to an intuitively acceptable physicalist account of free will.
Keywords Brain  Chaos  Epistemology  Free Will  Knowledge  Psychology
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DOI 10.1080/09515089508573165
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