Free Will and Experimental Philosophy: An Intervention

In J. Clausen & Neil Levy (eds.), Handbook of Neuroethics. Springer. pp. 273-286 (2014)

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Tamler Sommers
University of Houston
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This chapter reviews and then criticizes the dominant approach that experimental philosophers have adopted in their studies on free will and moral responsibility. Section “Experimental Philosophy and Free Will” reviews the experimental literature and the shared approach: probing for intuitions about the so-called compatibility question, whether free will is compatible with causal determinism. Section “The Intervention” argues that this experimental focus on the compatibility question is fundamentally misguided. The critique develops in the form of a dialogue: a staged “intervention” for an experimental philosopher who works on free will. The chapter concludes with some thoughts about how the literature can move in a more fruitful direction.
Keywords free will  experimental philosophy
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