Experimental Philosophy and the Compatibility of Free Will and Determinism: A Survey

Annals of the Japan Association for Philosophy of Science 22:17-37 (2014)
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The debate over whether free will and determinism are compatible is controversial, and produces wide scholarly discussion. This paper argues that recent studies in experimental philosophy suggest that people are in fact “natural compatibilists”. To support this claim, it surveys the experimental literature bearing directly or indirectly upon this issue, before pointing to three possible limitations of this claim. However, notwithstanding these limitations, the investigation concludes that the existing empirical evidence seems to support the view that most people have compatibilist intuitions

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Florian Cova
University of Geneva
Yasuko Kitano
University of Tokyo


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