February 28th, 2010 Welcome
In January, 2010, with the support of a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation, Florida State University launched a four-year project on free will — Big Questions in Free Will — directed by Alfred R. Mele, William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University.
The primary purpose of the project is to improve our understanding of free will in three spheres: science (especially neuroscience and social psychology); philosophy; and theology.
Jesse Couenhoven, “Praiseworthy Lack of Control”
W. Matthews Grant, “Divine Agency and Human Freedom: A Thomistic Approach”
Gunnar Björnsson, “Understanding Worries about Disappearing Agency”
Randolph Clarke, “Freely Omitting to Act”
Carolina Sartorio, “Causation and Free Will”
Eddy Nahmias has won a Big Questions in Free Will essay prize for his article, “Is Neuroscience the Death of Free Will?”, published in the New York Times (online Opinion section in The Stone series) on Nov. 13, 2011.
Information (including application instructions) for a Big Questions in Free Will summer seminar is now available here.
Roy F. Baumeister and Joshua Knobe, “Experimental Studies on Free Will: Limited Resources, Folk Beliefs, and Moral Responsibility.”
Patrick Haggard and Nick Chater, “Decision Time for Free Will.”
Christof Koch, Gideon Yaffe, Adam Mamelak, Uri Maoz, and Ram Rivlin, “Intracranial Study of Free Will and Moral Responsibility.”
Hakwan Lau and Tim Bayne, “Free Will and the Functions of Awareness.”
Bertram F. Malle and Andrew E. Monroe, “Developing a Model of the Folk Concept of Free Will and its Impact on Moral Judgment.”
Haim Sompolinsky, Ariel Furstenberg, and Leon Y. Deouell, “Volition, Intention, and Priming: Elucidating the Interface Using Behavioral and EEG Experimentation, Neural Modeling and Philosophical Analysis.”
Peter Tse, Thalia Wheatley, Adina Roskies, and Walter Sinnot-Armstrong, “What Is a Readiness Potential?”
Kathleen Vohs, Thomas Nadelhoffer, Eddy Nahmias, and Jonathan Schooler, “The Psychology of Free Will: Beliefs About Free Will and Behavioral Effects of Altering Those Beliefs.”
Jenann Ismael, “Physics and Free Will.”
Joshua Knobe and Shaun Nichols, “Experimental Philosophy and the Underpinnings of the Free Will Debate;” a boot camp for younger researchers.
Adina L. Roskies, “Decision-Making and Freedom: Bridging the Gap Between Human and Nonhuman.”
David Hunt, “Freedom and Foreknowledge: Divine and Human Agency without Alternative Possibilities.”
Brian Leftow, “Divine Freedom.”
Hugh McCann, “Free Will for Theists: The Theology of Freedom.”