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Moral Responsibility, the Reactive Attitudes, and the Significance of (Libertarian) Free Will

  • 5/1/2013 | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Kanbar Hall, Room 107
  • Event Type: Lecture

Moral Responsibility, the Reactive Attitudes, and the Significance of (Libertarian) Free WillWhy should we want to be libertarian free agents, i.e., agents whose choices are not determined by the laws of nature and events in the distant past?  Professor Nelkin argues that there are indeed certain human goods that require us to have a form of responsible agency, but that the sort of freedom that is required is not libertarian freedom.

Professor Dana Nelkin is a Philosophy Professor at the University of California, San Diego.  Her work is mainly focused in moral psychology, ethics, and philosophy of action.  She is also the author of Making Sense of Freedom and Responsibility.

This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.