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Title: Freedom from biology : a contemporary analysis with reference to Libet and neuroscience
Authors: Trandafil, Tamara (2022)
Keywords: Free will and determinism
Determinism (Philosophy)
Libet, Benjamin, 1916-2007
Strawson, Galen
Kane, Robert, 1938-
Issue Date: 2022
Citation: Trandafil, T. (2022). Freedom from biology : a contemporary analysis with reference to Libet and neuroscience (Bachelor’s dissertation).
Abstract: In contemporary free-will debate, science has become a crucial aspect of providing evidence to support philosophical claims. The aim of this essay is to explore the research that may be used to support this, with the focus on Libet’s experiments as the starting point. From Libet’s own interpretation, through subsequent improvements in science, all the way to contemporary philosophers, these experiments have been largely influential when examining freedom of the will in a human being. This essay shall, therefore, demonstrate the findings of Benjamin Libet, complemented by subsequent researchers, as well as outline the possible philosophical positions that may be related to this work. In this aspect, one may bring forward the works of Robert Kane, arguing for the philosophy of indeterminism, as well as those of Galen Strawson, who presented a more sceptical approach, verging on determinism as the answer to the question of freedom. In the conclusion of this essay, one may have a comprehensive look at the connection between science and freedom of the will, allowing for a more informed conclusion to the question.
Description: B.A. (Hons)(Melit.)
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