Dialogue on Free Will and Science
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Description: 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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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/30/2013
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
|What does "free will" mean?|
|Three answers: regular, mid-grade, and premium|
|Regular free will|
|The zygote argument|
|Moral responsibility again|
|Premium free will|
|Libet's neuroscience experiments|
|An fMRI experiment|
|A depth electrode experiment|
|Consciousness at work|
|Ramachandran's thought experiment|
|Gazzaniga on free will|
|Nylon stocking experiment|
|Good Samaritan experiment|
|Milgram's experiments and free will|
|Bystander experiment and free will|
|Dime experiment and free will|
|Stanford prison experiment and free will|
|Wegner on free will|
|Implementation intentions and consciousness in action|
|Scientific evidence and regular free will|
|Scientific evidence and mid-grade free will|
|Scientific evidence and premium free will|
|Regular and mid-grade free will again|