Philosophical Psychology 29 (4):494-502 (2016)

Authors
Marcelo Fischborn
Instituto Federal Farroupilha
Abstract
People have disagreed on the significance of Libet-style experiments for discussions about free will. In what specifically concerns free will in a libertarian sense, some argue that Libet-style experiments pose a threat to its existence by providing support to the claim that decisions are determined by unconscious brain events. Others disagree by claiming that determinism, in a sense that conflicts with libertarian free will, cannot be established by sciences other than fundamental physics. This paper rejects both positions. First, it is argued that neuroscience and psychology could in principle provide support for milder deterministic claims that would also conflict with libertarian free will. Second, it is argued that Libet-style experiments—due to some of their peculiar features, ones that need not be shared by neuroscience as a whole—currently do not support such less demanding deterministic claims. The general result is that neuroscience and psychology could in principle...
Keywords free will  determinism  Benjamin Libet  libertarianism  neuroscience
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/09515089.2016.1141399
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

What Do Philosophers Believe?David Bourget & David J. Chalmers - 2014 - Philosophical Studies 170 (3):465-500.
Is Incompatibilism Intuitive?Jason Turner, Eddy Nahmias, Stephen Morris & Thomas Nadelhoffer - 2006 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 73 (1):28-53.

View all 32 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Gilberto Gomes é mesmo um compatibilista?Marcelo Fischborn - 2018 - Filosofia Unisinos 19 (3):179-188.
Questions for a Science of Moral Responsibility.Marcelo Fischborn - 2018 - Review of Philosophy and Psychology 9 (2):381-394.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Testing Free Will.Alfred R. Mele - 2010 - Neuroethics 3 (2):161-172.
Are Intentions in Tension with Timing Experiments?Marcela Herdova - 2016 - Philosophical Studies 173 (3):573-587.
Libet's Impossible Demand.Neil Levy - 2005 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 12 (12):67-76.
Free Will and the Unconscious Precursors of Choice.Markus E. Schlosser - 2012 - Philosophical Psychology 25 (3):365-384.
Does Free Will Exist?David Kyle Johnson - 2016 - Think 15 (42):53-70.
In Defense of Free Will.Josef Seifert - 2011 - Review of Metaphysics 65 (2):377-407.
The Timing Experiments of Libet and Grey Walter.John M. Ostrowick - 2007 - South African Journal of Philosophy 26 (3):271-288.
Neurophysiology and Freedom of the Will.Dirk Hartmann - 2004 - Poiesis and Praxis 2 (4):275-284.
La coscienza: un ritardato mentale?F. Chiereghin - 2008 - Verifiche: Rivista Trimestrale di Scienze Umane 37 (4):283-318.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2016-03-29

Total views
315 ( #21,829 of 2,325,979 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
67 ( #8,313 of 2,325,979 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes