Volitional dimensions of decision-making in addiction

Research team

Eric Racine, PhD (Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit, Université de Montréal, McGill University); Claudia Barned, PhD (Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit, McGill University); Sebastian Sattler, PhD (University of Cologne)


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

This project explores the voluntary aspects of decision-making within the context of drug addiction. Grounded in pragmatism, the project focuses on the testing and refinement of ethically-relevant concepts such as free will. The empirical component includes an examination of the role of individual and contextual factors on beliefs in free will. Through qualitative (in-depth interviews and participant observation) and quantitative (vignette based) inquiry, this study will advance our understanding of free will within the context of ethics theory and practice.


Saigle, V., Dubljević, V., & Racine, E. (2018). The impact of a landmark neuroscience study on “free will”: A review of articles using Libet et al.’s methods. AJOB Neuroscience, 9(1), 29-41.

Racine, E., & Rousseau-Lesage, S (2017). The voluntary nature of decision-making in addiction: Static metaphysical views versus epistemologically dynamic views. Bioethics, 31(5), 349-359.

Racine, E. (2017). A proposal for a scientifically-informed and instrumentalist account of free will and voluntary action. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 754.

Racine, E., Nguyen, V., Saigle, V., & Dubljević, V. (2017). Media portrayal of a landmark neuroscience experiment on free will. Science & Engineering Ethics, 23(4), 989-1007.

Racine, E., & Saigle, V. (2014). Static and dynamic metaphysics of free will: A pragmatic perspective. The Neuroethics Blog. Emory University; http://www.theneuroethicsblog.com/2014/01/static-and-dynamic-metaphysics-of-free.html.