A Dialogue on Free Will and Science

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9780199329298: A Dialogue on Free Will and Science

"The most engaging introduction to scientific challenges to free will that I have seen."--Benjamin McMyler, Texas A&M University"An up-to-the-minute discussion of a very hot topic by one of the foremost experts in the field."--Meghan Griffith, Davidson College"No other book makes such a wide range of important psychological studies so readily accessible for students of free will."--Bruce Waller, Youngstown State University"A philosophically sophisticated discussion of contemporary scientific issues relevant to free will, written in a clear and engaging style."--Joseph Campbell, Washington State University

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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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