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Slobodné konanie a vedecké metódy skúmania
Free Will Agency and Scientific Methods

Author(s): Ľuboš Rojka
Subject(s): Theology and Religion, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Science, Cognitive Psychology, Methodology and research technology
Published by: Teologická fakulta Trnavskej univerzity
Keywords: free will;personal agency;libertarian freedom;scientific method

Summary/Abstract: Experience of free decision-making is, according to D. Pereboom, illusory, because there is no evidence of a change of the probabilities predicted from the observation of the brain activity. P. van Inwagen, for similar reasons, declares free will agency unknowable. The probabilistic models used by Pereboom a van Inwagen are limited. For an evidence about the influence of free will on human life, one needs to go into the field of scientific psychology. The goal of scientific methods in psychology is similar to empirical methods, and there are four important elements in their research: the description of the events, prediction of the future events, explanation of the causal relations among these events, and application of the acquired knowledge to improvement of human life. These four individual steps can demonstrate objectively observable influence of the libertarian free will on human behavior

  • Issue Year: 6/2015
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 5-16
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Slovak