Neuroscience and the possibility of locally determined choices: Reply to Adina Roskies and Eddy Nahmias

Philosophical Psychology 30 (1-2):198-201 (2017)
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In a previous paper, I argued that neuroscience and psychology could in principle undermine libertarian free will by providing support for a subset of what I called “statements of local determination.” I also argued that Libet-style experiments have not so far supported statements of that sort. In a commentary to the paper, Adina Roskies and Eddy Nahmias accept the claim about Libet-style experiments, but reject the claim about the possibilities of neuroscience. Here, I explain why I still disagree with their conclusion, despite being sympathetic to a lot of what they say in support of it.

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Marcelo Fischborn
Instituto Federal Farroupilha


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