Philosophy

Research Article

Determinism: Did Libet Make the Case?

Daniel N. Robinsona1 c1

a1 Oxford University

Benjamin Libet's influential publications have raised important questions about voluntarist accounts of action. His findings are taken as evidence that the processes in the central nervous system associated with the initiation of an action occur earlier than the decision to act. However, in light of the methods employed and of relevant findings drawn from research addressed to the timing of neurobehavioural processes, Libet's conclusions are untenable.

Daniel N. Robinson is a member of the Philosophy Faculty, Oxford University, and Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, Georgetown University.