Moral responsibility and free will: A meta-analysis

Consciousness and Cognition 30:234-246 (2014)
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Florian Cova
University of Geneva
Adam Feltz
Michigan Technological University
Abstract
Fundamental beliefs about free will and moral responsibility are often thought to shape our ability to have healthy relationships with others and ourselves. Emotional reactions have also been shown to have an important and pervasive impact on judgments and behaviors. Recent research suggests that emotional reactions play a prominent role in judgments about free will, influencing judgments about determinism’s relation to free will and moral responsibility. However, the extent to which affect influences these judgments is unclear. We conducted a metaanalysis to estimate the impact of affect. Our meta-analysis indicates that beliefs in free will are largely robust to emotional reactions.
Keywords Free Will  Moral Responsibility  Emotions  Experimental philosophy
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DOI 10.1016/j.concog.2014.08.012
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