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Free Will as an Open Scientific Problem

Mark Balaguer


This largely antimetaphysical treatment of free will and determinism argues that the philosophical problem of free will boils down to an open scientific question about the causal histories of certain kinds of neural events. In the course of its argument, the book provides a naturalistic defense of the libertarian view of free will. The metaphysical component of the problem of free will, it argues, essentially boils down to the question of whether humans possess libertarian free will. Furthermore, the book claims that, contrary to traditional wisdom, the libertarian question can be reduced to a ... More

Keywords: free will, determinism, neural events, naturalistic defense, indeterminacy, libertarian, empirical question

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262013543
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262013543.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Balaguer, author