ISBN: 9780262321488 | 496 pp. | February 2014

Moral Psychology, Volume 4

Free Will and Moral Responsibility

Traditional philosophers approached the issues of free will and moral responsibility through conceptual analysis that seldom incorporated findings from empirical science. In recent decades, however, striking developments in psychology and neuroscience have captured the attention of many moral philosophers. This volume of Moral Psychology offers essays, commentaries, and replies by leading philosophers and scientists who explain and use empirical findings from psychology and neuroscience to illuminate old and new problems regarding free will and moral responsibility.

The contributors—who include such prominent scholars as Patricia Churchland, Daniel Dennett, and Michael Gazzaniga—consider issues raised by determinism, compatibilism, and libertarianism; epiphenomenalism, bypassing, and naturalism; naturalism; and rationality and situationism. These writings show that although science does not settle the issues of free will and moral responsibility, it has enlivened the field by asking novel, profound, and important questions.

Contributors to volume 4:
Roy F. Baumeister, Tim Bayne, Gunnar Björnsson, C. Daryl Cameron, Hanah A. Chapman, William A. Cunningham, Patricia S. Churchland, Christopher G. Coutlee, Daniel C. Dennett, Ellen E. Furlong, Michael S. Gazzaniga, Patrick Haggard, Brian Hare, Lasana T. Harris, John-Dylan Haynes, Richard Holton, Scott A. Huettel, Robert Kane, Victoria K. Lee, Neil Levy, Alfred R. Mele, Christian Miller, Erman Misirlisoy, P. Read Montague, Thomas Nadelhoffer, Eddy Nahmias, William T. Newsome, B. Keith Payne, Derk Pereboom, Adina L. Roskies, Laurie R. Santos, Timothy Schroeder, Michael N. Shadlen, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Chandra Sripada, Christopher L. Suhler, Manuel Vargas, Gideon Yaffe

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Introduction
  3. 1. Is Free Will an Illusion? Confronting Challenges from the Modern Mind Sciences

    Eddy Nahmias

  4. 2. Mental Life and Responsibility in Real Time with a Determined Brain

    Michael S. Gazzaniga

  5. 3. Can Neuroscience Resolve Issues about Free Will?

    Adina L. Roskies

  6. 4. The Neural Code for Intentions in the Human Brain: Implications for Neurotechnology and Free Will

    John-Dylan Haynes

  7. 5. Free Will and Substance Dualism: The Real Scientific Threat to Free Will?

    Alfred R. Mele

  8. 6. Constructing a Scientific Theory of Free Will

    Roy F. Baumeister

  9. 7. The Freedom to Choose and Drug Addiction

    P. Read Montague

  10. 8. Agency and Control: The Subcortical Role in Good Decisions

    Patricia S. Churchland and Christopher L. Suhler

  11. 9. Evolutionary Insights into the Nature of Choice: Evidence from Nonhuman Primates

    Ellen E. Furlong and Laurie R. Santos

  12. 10. A Social Perspective on Debates about Free Will

    Victoria K. Lee and Lasana T. Harris

  13. References
  14. Contributors
  15. Index