June 12, 2015

THE DIVORCE BETWEEN SCIENCE AND SCIENTIFIC METHOD:

Why Science Hasn't Disproved Free Will: A Review of Alfred Mele's "Free" (Dr. Edward Feser, 6/11/125, Strange Notions)

In his Philosophical Investigations, Ludwig Wittgenstein complained that "in psychology there are experimental methods and conceptual confusion." What he meant is that academic psychologists too often interpret empirical evidence in light of unexamined and dubious metaphysical assumptions. What is presented as good science is really just bad philosophy.

The recent spate of neuroscientific and psychological literature claiming to show that free will is an illusion provides a case in point. Philosopher Alfred Mele's new book, Free: Why Science Hasn't Disproved Free Will (Oxford, 2015), is a brief, lucid, and decisive refutation of these arguments. Mele demonstrates that scientific evidence comes nowhere close to undermining free will, and that the reasoning leading some scientists to claim otherwise is amazingly sloppy.

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