Book Club: Scientific Metaphysics, 5, Causation, free will, and naturalism

[image: the difference between causation and correlation, Wikimedia; this is essay #343 in the Philosophy as a Way of Life series]

The standard story about free will is that if one is a naturalist (i.e., no gods and such stuff) and takes seriously the notion of cause and effect, then free will is an illusion. But does the standard story stand up to a bit of critical scrutiny? Let’s find out by discussing the last chapter of Scientific Metaphysics, a volume edited by Don Ross, James Ladyman…