Is Science Compatible with Free Will?

Exploring Free Will and Consciousness in the Light of Quantum Physics and Neuroscience

  • Antoine Suarez
  • Peter Adams

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Peter Adams, Antoine Suarez
    Pages 1-4
  3. Quantum Physics and Free Will

  4. Neuroscience and Free Will

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. S. L. Gonzalez, S. Perrig, R. Grave de Peralta
      Pages 135-145
    3. Javier Bernácer, José Manuel Giménez-Amaya
      Pages 177-193
    4. Jean Staune
      Pages 209-224
    5. Luís Cabral, Luís Cabral
      Pages 225-232
  5. Attempts to Reconcile Science and Free Will

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 291-312

About this book


There is a perceived conflict within the scientific community between the conviction that a human being has free will on one hand, and deterministic physics and neuroscience on the other. When faced with this conflict, two alternative positions are possible: either human freedom is an illusion, or deterministic science is not the last word on the brain and will eventually be superseded by a neuroscience that admits processes not completely determined by the past.

Is Science Compatible with Free Will? investigates whether it is possible to have a science in which there is room for human freedom. The authors present perspectives coming from different disciplines (Quantum physics, Neuroscience, Economics, Philosophy) and range from those focusing on the scientific background, to those highlighting rather more a philosophical analysis. However, all chapters share a common characteristic: they take current scientific observations and data as a basis from which to draw philosophical implications. It is these features that make this volume unique, an exceptional interdisciplinary approach combining scientific strength and philosophical profundity. Is Science Compatible with Free Will? strongly stimulates the debate and contributes to new insights in the mind-brain relationship.



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Editors and affiliations

  • Antoine Suarez
    • 1
  • Peter Adams
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Interdisciplinary StudiesZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Thomas More InstituteOxfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-5211-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-5212-6
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