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Verschmierte Spuren der Unfreiheit: Wissenschaftsphilosophische Klarstellung zu angeblichen Artefakten bei Benjamin Libet (2013)


Benjamin Libet's celebrated experiments concerning freedom (1983 etc.) elicited numerous attempts of repudiation. Ten years ago, however, Judy Trevena and Jeff Miller published a objection; they claim to have detected a ,,smearing artifact" in Libet's calculations. This rests on a misunderstanding of Libet's methodology (about which he had not been quite explicit). In my reconstruction of Libet's argument, he draws an abductive inference to the best explanation. Now, Trevena's and Miller's objection does indeed lead to alternative explanations of Libet's measurements. These alternatives are and extremely improbable (as can be seen by constructing them explicitely). They constitute worse explanations than the explanation offered by Libet.

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Authors & Contributors
Smith, Roger C.
Longino, Helen E.
Heyes, Cecilia M.
Hull, David L.
Veit-Brause, Irmline
Schatzki, Theodore R.
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
History of the Human Sciences
Biology and Philosophy
History Workshop Journal
Science in Context
Intellectual History Review
State University of New York Press
Algora Publishing
Transaction Publishers
Pickering & Chatto
The MIT Press
Éditions du Seuil
Social sciences
Controversies and disputes
Cognitive science
Free will and determinism
Campbell, Donald T.
Du Bois-Reymond, Emil Heinrich
Bourdieu, Pierre
Freud, Sigmund
Wundt, Wilhelm Max
Selz, Otto
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
21st century
18th century
Great Britain
Bayerische Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Académie des Sciences, Paris

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