Is belief in free will a cultural universal?

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Recent experimental research has revealed surprising patterns in people's intuitions about free will and moral responsibility. One limitation of this research, however, is that it has been conducted exclusively on people from Western cultures. The present paper extends previous research by presenting a cross-cultural study examining intuitions about free will and moral responsibility in subjects from the United States, Hong Kong, India and Colombia. The results revealed a striking degree of cross-cultural convergence. In all four cultural groups, the majority of participants said that (a) our universe is indeterministic and (b) moral responsibility is not compatible with determinism. © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sarkissian, H; Chatterjee, A; De brigard, F; Knobe, J; Nichols, S; Sirker, S

Published Date

  • June 1, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 346 - 358

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1468-0017

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0268-1064

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1468-0017.2010.01393.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus