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The Naturalistic Case for Free Will

List, Christian (2022) The Naturalistic Case for Free Will. [Preprint]

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The aim of this expository paper is to give an informal overview of a plausible naturalistic case for free will. I will describe what I take to be the main naturalistically motivated challenges for free will and respond to them by presenting an indispensability argument for free will. The argument supports the reality of free will as an emergent higher-level phenomenon. I will also explain why the resulting picture of free will does not conflict with the possibility that the fundamental laws of nature are deterministic, and I will address some common objections.


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List, Christian
Additional Information: This is a pre-print of a paper forthcoming in Stavros Ioannidis et al. (eds.), Levels of Reality in Science and Philosophy, Springer.
Keywords: Free will; Indispensability argument; Scientific realism; Naturalism; Compatibilist libertarianism; Determinism; Indeterminism; Levels; Non-reductive physicalism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Action
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Judgment and Decision Making
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Depositing User: Christian List
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2022 04:12
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2022 04:12
Item ID: 20489
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Action
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Judgment and Decision Making
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Date: 19 April 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20489

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