Arno Wouters and Maureen Sie: "Brain, Science, and Personal Responsibility: What is the Problem?"
There are worries that the behavioral, cognitive, and neurosciences will undermine our notion of free will and the idea that people can be held responsible for what they do. In the course of history we find several responses to the perceived threat of determinism to our views of what it is to be a person. Libertarianists deny or downplay determinism. Hard determinists accept determinism and argue for a reform of our practices of holding people responsible. In this talk attention is drawn to the third response, called 'compatibilism,' according to which determinism does not exclude human freedom and personal responsibility.
14 July 2008