The Nature of Free Will
What does it mean to believe we are free? How do we reconcile the concept of an omniscient god with the idea of individual freedom? Are our actions causally determined? These questions have been raised by philosophers for at least 2,500 years. Without an answer to them, our self-understanding as moral beings, responsible for our actions, is jeopardized. In this course, students consider different answers to these questions offered by thinkers from Plato to Nietzsche and beyond. Focusing on the problem of free will from both religious-ethical and scientific-materialist points of view, students learn the importance and difficulty of ascribing moral responsibility to human action.