On the very concept of free will

Academic Article


  • Determinism seems to rule out a robust sense of options but also prevent our choices from being a matter of luck. In this way, free will seems to require both the truth and falsity of determinism. If the concept of free will is coherent, something must have gone wrong. I offer a diagnosis on which this puzzle is due at least in part to a tension already present in the very idea of free will. I provide various lines of support for this hypothesis, including some experimental data gathered by probing the judgments of non-specialists. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
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  • Synthèse  Journal
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • May J
  • Start Page

  • 2849
  • End Page

  • 2866
  • Volume

  • 191
  • Issue

  • 12