The Free-Will Intuitions Scale and the question of natural compatibilism

Philosophical Psychology 28 (6):776-801 (2015)
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Oisín Deery
Monash University
Abstract
Standard methods in experimental philosophy have sought to measure folk intuitions using experiments, but certain limitations are inherent in experimental methods. Accordingly, we have designed the Free-Will Intuitions Scale to empirically measure folk intuitions relevant to free-will debates using a different method. This method reveals what folk intuitions are like prior to participants' being put in forced-choice experiments. Our results suggest that a central debate in the experimental philosophy of free will—the “natural” compatibilism debate—is mistaken in assuming that folk intuitions are exclusively either compatibilist or incompatibilist. They also identify a number of important new issues in the empirical study of free-will intuitions
Keywords Compatibilism  Free will  Experimental philosophy
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DOI 10.1080/09515089.2014.893868
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