Category Archives: Free Will

Science Has No Role To Play In An Analysis Of Free Will

by Laurence Houlgate
(Emeritus professor of philosophy at California Polytechnic State University)

Regarding your excellent review of the free will problem, I have two questions. First, when you say that the ability of the neurons to deliberate emerges from the water and chemicals that make up our bodies (along with our evolved consciousness), you are making an empirical judgment. Continue reading Science Has No Role To Play In An Analysis Of Free Will

Physics and Free Will


Pursuant to my last post I would like to further explore the relevance of contemporary physics for the question of free will. The key idea made by physicists like Sabine Hossenfelder and others1 is that “The currently established laws of nature are deterministic with a random element from quantum mechanics. Continue reading Physics and Free Will

What Is Free Will & Do We Have It?


My last two posts have been by professional philosophers discussing the perennial question of whether or not human free will exists. (I have also published summaries of the free will/determinism question here and here.) But I thought my readers might be interested in where I stand on the issue so here goes. Continue reading What Is Free Will & Do We Have It?