Experimental philosophy of actual and counterfactual free will intuitions

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© 2015 . Five experiments suggested that everyday free will and moral responsibility judgments about some hypothetical thought examples differed from free will and moral responsibility judgments about the actual world. Experiment 1 (N=106) showed that free will intuitions about the actual world measured by the FAD-Plus poorly predicted free will intuitions about a hypothetical person performing a determined action (r=.13). Experiments 2-5 replicated this result and found the relations between actual free will judgments and free will judgments about hypothetical determined or fated actions (rs=.22-.35) were much smaller than the differences between them (ηp2=.2-.55). These results put some pressure on theoretical accounts of everyday intuitions about freedom and moral responsibility.

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Consciousness and Cognition