‘Irresponsible and a Disservice’: The integrity of social psychology turns on the free will dilemma
Article first published online: 10 NOV 2011
© 2011 The British Psychological Society
British Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 52, Issue 2, pages 205–218, June 2013
How to Cite
Miles, J. B. (2013), ‘Irresponsible and a Disservice’: The integrity of social psychology turns on the free will dilemma. British Journal of Social Psychology, 52: 205–218. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8309.2011.02077.x
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 10 NOV 2011
- Received 16 October 2010; revised version received 8 July 2011.
Over the last few years, a number of works have been published asserting both the putative prosocial benefits of belief in free will and the possible dangers of disclosing doubts about the existence of free will. Although concerns have been raised over the disservice of keeping such doubts from the public, this does not highlight the full danger that is presented by social psychology's newly found interest in the ‘hard problem’ of human free will. Almost all of the work on free will published to date by social psychologists appears methodologically flawed, misrepresents the state of academic knowledge, and risks linking social psychology with the irrational.