Part 2- Free Will and Determinism

week 6: Mon Oct 5 & Wed Oct 7

Is everything that happens in the world determined in advance? [slides]

reading – Arguments for determinism [PDF]

week 7: Wed Oct 14 — No class on Mon Oct  12

Same topic as last week.

week 8Mon Oct 19 & Wed Oct 21

If everything is predetermined, can we still have free will? We will examine an argument for a negative answer.  [slides]

reading – van Inwagen, The Incompatibility of Free Will and Determinism [PDF]

week 9Mon Oct 26 & Wed Oct 28

Same question as last week, but this week we will examine an argument for a positive answer. 

reading – Nahmias, Is Neuroscience the Death of Free Will? [Link, PDF]