Quantum Mechanics and Free Will: Five Key Issues

José Manuel Muñoz


In this paper we critically analyze the situation of quantum mechanics in discussions on free will. It starts describing how the uncertainty principle and the measurement problem pose a challenge to determinism. Next, we present positions supporting and rejecting correlation between quantum phenomena and free will. Finally, we will place all these issues into the context of five key questions set out by Robert Kane: the Compatibility, Significance, Intelligibility, Existence and Determinist Questions.


Free Will; Determinism; Quantum Mechanics; Uncertainty Principle; Measurement Problem

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5007/1808-1711.2015v19n1p65

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Principia: an internationnal journal of epistemology
Published by NEL - Epistemology and Logic Research Group
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 ISSN: 1414-4217
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