Forget the Folk: Moral Responsibility Preservation Motives and Other Conditions for Compatibilism

@article{Clark2019ForgetTF,
  title={Forget the Folk: Moral Responsibility Preservation Motives and Other Conditions for Compatibilism},
  author={Cory J Clark and Bo M. Winegard and R. Baumeister},
  journal={Frontiers in Psychology},
  year={2019},
  volume={10}
}
For years, experimental philosophers have attempted to discern whether laypeople find free will compatible with a scientifically deterministic understanding of the universe, yet no consensus has emerged. The present work provides one potential explanation for these discrepant findings: People are strongly motivated to preserve free will and moral responsibility, and thus do not have stable, logically rigorous notions of free will. Seven studies support this hypothesis by demonstrating that a… Expand
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