The Free-Will Intuitions Scale and the question of natural compatibilism

Oisin Nial Deery, Taylor Davis , Jasmine Carey

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Standard methods in experimental philosophy have sought to measure folk intuitions using experiments, but certain limitations are inherent in experimental methods. Accordingly, we have designed the Free-Will Intuitions Scale to empirically measure folk intuitions relevant to free-will debates using a different method. This method reveals what folk intuitions are like prior to participants’ being put in forced-choice experiments. Our results suggest that a central debate in the experimental philosophy of free will—the ‘natural’ compatibilism debate—is mistaken in assuming that folk intuitions are exclusively either compatibilist or incompatibilist. They also identify a number of important new issues in the empirical study of free-will intuitions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)776-801
Number of pages26
JournalPhilosophical Psychology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Compatibilism
  • Experimental Philosophy
  • Free Will

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