A Dialogue on Free Will and Science

Paperback | October 15, 2013

byAlfred R. Mele

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In A Dialogue on Free Will and Science, renowned philosopher Alfred Mele explores the experiments in neuroscience and psychology that have been said to pose the greatest challenges to free will. He uses an imagined dialogue among several characters to make what is typically a complex topicmore accessible and engaging for students. Guided by the question "How much power do these scientific challenges have?", the characters first consider what having free will means and then react to well-known experiments that question its existence, including work by Libet and Milgram and thebystander, dime, and Stanford prison experiments. Their discussions show how useful philosophical methods can be in assessing and interpreting scientific findings, thereby revealing certain weaknesses in these scientific challenges.Ideal for courses in free will, introduction to philosophy, ethics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science, A Dialogue on Free Will and Science encourages students to form their own opinions on the validity and strength of the major scientific challenges to free will.

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In A Dialogue on Free Will and Science, renowned philosopher Alfred Mele explores the experiments in neuroscience and psychology that have been said to pose the greatest challenges to free will. He uses an imagined dialogue among several characters to make what is typically a complex topicmore accessible and engaging for students. Guid...

Alfred R. Mele has been the William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University since 2000. He is the author or coeditor of several books including Backsliding: Understanding Weakness of Will (2012), Free Will and Consciousness: How Might They Work? (2010), Effective Intentions: The Power of Conscio...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019932929X

ISBN - 13:9780199329298

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1. Monday AfternoonWhat does "free will" mean?Three answers: regular, mid-grade, and premium2. Monday NightRegular free willDeterminismFrankfurt-style storiesThe zygote argumentMoral responsibility3. Tuesday AfternoonMid-grade free willDeep opennessMoral responsibility againLuckPremium free willA survey4. Tuesday NightLibet's neuroscience experiments5. Wednesday AfternoonAn fMRI experimentBuridan's assA depth electrode experimentConsciousness at workRamachandran's thought experiment6. Wednesday NightGazzaniga on free willNylon stocking experimentDime experimentGood Samaritan experiment7. Thursday AfternoonMilgram's experiments and free willBystander experiment and free willDime experiment and free willStanford prison experiment and free will8. Thursday NightWegner on free willImplementation intentions and consciousness in action9. Friday AfternoonScientific evidence and regular free willScientific evidence and mid-grade free will10. Friday NightScientific evidence and premium free willSoulsAgent causationRegular and mid-grade free will againSourcesGlossaryIndex