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Mechanical Choices: The Responsibility of the Human Machine

Michael S. Moore


This book assays how the remarkable discoveries of contemporary neuroscience impact our conception of ourselves and our responsibility for our choices and our actions. Dramatic (and indeed revolutionary) changes in how we think of ourselves as agents and as persons are commonly taken to be the implications of those discoveries of neuroscience. Indeed, the very notions of responsibility and of deserved punishment are thought to be threatened by these discoveries. Such threats are collected into four groupings: (1) the threat from determinism, that neurosciences shows us that all of our choices ... More

Keywords: neuroscience, responsibility, determinism, mechanism, physicalism, epiphenomenalism, punishment, compatibilism

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190863999
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190863999.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael S. Moore, author
Charles R. Walgreen, Jr. Chair in Law; Co-Director, Program in Law and Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Law

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