Dialogue on Free Will and Science

ISBN-10: 019932929X

ISBN-13: 9780199329298

Edition: 2013

Authors: Alfred 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 topic more 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 the bystander, 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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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 8.00" wide x 5.50" long x 0.40" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Preface
Monday Afternoon
What does "free will" mean?
Three answers: regular, mid-grade, and premium
Monday Night
Regular free will
Determinism
Frankfurt-style stories
The zygote argument
Moral responsibility
Tuesday Afternoon
Mid-gradefree will
Deep openness
Moral responsibility again
Luck
Premium free will
A survey
Tuesday Night
Libet's neuroscience experiments
Wednesday Afternoon
An fMRI experiment
Buridan's ass
A depth electrode experiment
Consciousness at work
Ramachandran's thought experiment
Wednesday Night
Gazzaniga on free will
Nylon stocking experiment
Dime experiment
Bystander experiment
Good Samaritan experiment
Thursday Afternoon
Milgram's experiments and free will
Bystander experiment and free will
Dime experiment and free will
Stanford prison experiment and free will
Thursday Night
Wegner on free will
Implementation intentions and consciousness in action
Friday Afternoon
Scientific evidence and regular free will
Scientific evidence and mid-grade free will
Friday Night
Scientific evidence and premium free will
Souls
Agent causation
Regular and mid-grade free will again
Sources
Glossary
Index
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