Free Will: Implications of State-Of-The-Art Research in Natural Sciences for Humanities and Social Sciences

project team members
The clickable list provides information on the team members, their research interests, and the fields involved.

 

The broad goal of this multidisciplinary project is to critically investigate the concept of free will in natural science (neuroscience and physics), and to study the implications of an upgraded theory of free will for the most relevant disciplines of the social sciences and humanities. In detail, in the first phase, the project aims to investigate the most important empirical findings in natural science, notably in neuroscience and (quantum) physics, relative to free will, with the aim of contributing to an enhanced definition and theory of free will. In the next phase the project will theorize the most relevant implications of the obtained results for society at large, namely, for disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, such as philosophy, history, legal theory, moral theory, etc.

Important questions are:

  • How to reconcile our obvious feelings of being free agents, with recent findings in natural science that challenge these phenomenological starting points?
  • How to conceive of moral and legal responsibility/autonomy in view of a refined concept of free will?
  • What are some of the most important consequences and lessons the humanities and social sciences can draw from an informed debate on free will?

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Call for Researchers

We are interested in supplementing our team project with additional researchers in:

  • Neuroscience (neurobiology, neuropsychology, artificial intelligence, neuronal networks etc.). We are keen on collaborating with researchers interested in investigating consciousness and free will within the field of their discipline. In neurobiology, we are particularly interested in performing Libet-like brain-monitoring experiments with equipment available in Tyumen.
  • Social sciences and humanities. We look forward to collaborate with any researcher interested in investigating the consequences of science-informed research on free will for her or his discipline. E.g: psychologists, social scientists, legal theorists, economists etc.

If you are interested in either remote collaboration with us or in joining our team at SAS, please, contact us via the team e-mail below, or via one of our personal emails (l.vervoort@utmn.ru, t.blusiewicz@utmn.ru, g.andreoletti@utmn.ru).

E-mail: sas_freewill@utmn.ru