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Does Consciousness Cause Behavior?$
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Susan Pockett, William P. Banks, and Shaun Gallagher

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780262162371

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262162371.001.0001

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Empirical Constraints on the Problem of Free Will

Empirical Constraints on the Problem of Free Will

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(p.125) 7 Empirical Constraints on the Problem of Free Will
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Does Consciousness Cause Behavior?
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Peter W. Ross

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262162371.003.0008

This chapter examines the role of empirical science in elucidating free will and argues that empirical research can address the dispute between libertarianism and the positions of hard determinism and compatibilism, but not the dispute between compatibilism and incompatibilism. It views the problem of free will as the problem of whether we control our actions. It also considers quantum indeterminacy, along with Robert Kane’s notion of naturalized libertarianism and introspection.

Keywords:   empirical science, free will, empirical research, libertarianism, determinism, compatibilism, incompatibilism, quantum indeterminacy, Robert Kane, introspection

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