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New Meetup: Free Will and Determinism (South Location)

From: TERRY E.
Sent on: Friday, November 13, 2009 2:33 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Austin Philosophy Discussion Group (APDG)!

What: Free Will and Determinism (South Location)

When: November 21,[masked]:00 AM

La Madeleine - Sunset Valley
5493 Brodie Ln Southeast corner of HWY 290 West
Austin / Sunset Valley, TX 78745

The problem of free will and determinism is one of the great philosophical debates. As far as we know, every culture in every age has regarded people as making free choices and being responsible for their actions. If we have free will, then this tells you something important about the world--that at least part of the world isn't determined. The problem of free will also connects in obvious ways with deep ethical issues: If we don't have free will, then it seems like we can't be morally responsible for our actions. We will consider and discuss these issues that have been debated for millennia. Professor Shaun Nichols from the University of Arizona will be the speaker. There are 24 lectures, 30 minutes each. We will watch two lectures each meeting with discussion after each lecture.

In lecture 5 the professor will introduce libertarianism (as relates to philsophy) and the premise that free will requires that determinism is false and that we do have free will.
Moving on to lecture 6, we will be introduced to agent causation whereby, the agent or self can make a decision that is not determined by anything else. Meet and greet will be from 10 to 10:30 and the lectures will start at 10:30 sharp.

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