Posted: Wed, April 17, 2013 | By: DEBATE
In “The Lucretian swerve: The biological basis of human behavior and the criminal justice system”, Anthony Cashmore makes an interesting claim:
Whereas philosophers have discussed for centuries the apparent lack of a causal component for free will, many biologists still seem to be remarkably at ease with this notion of free will; and furthermore, our judicial system is based on such a belief. It is the author’s contention that a belief in free will is nothing other than a continuing belief in vitalism — something biologists proudly believe they discarded well over 100 years ago.
So . . . . the question is . . . .
“Do humans have free will?”
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