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    Free will is not a testable hypothesis

    Northcott, Robert (2018) Free will is not a testable hypothesis. Erkenntnis , ISSN 0165-0106. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    Much recent work in neuroscience aims to shed light on whether we have free will. Can it? Can any science? To answer, we need to disentangle different notions of free will, and clarify what we mean by ‘empirical’ and ‘testable’. That done, my main conclusion is, duly interpreted: that free will is not a testable hypothesis. In particular, it is neither verifiable nor falsifiable by empirical evidence. The arguments for this are not a priori but rather are based on a posteriori consideration of the relevant neuroscientific investigations, as well as on standard philosophy of science work on the notion of testability.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via the link above.
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
    Depositing User: Robert Northcott
    Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2018 09:40
    Last Modified: 10 Feb 2021 18:55
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/20998

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