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A Dialogue on Free Will and Science, Paperback / softback Book


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 freewill 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 revealingcertain 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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 128 pages, 2 B&W line drawings
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780199329298



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